A football team is made up of more than just its biggest stars and most visible personalities. At Bayern Munich, backup goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has quietly earned his keep and become one of the squad’s most appreciated members.
In recent years, Ulreich has been thrust into the spotlight more than a few times due to Manuel Neuer injuries. His turn between the sticks for the first several weeks of the 2023/24 season earned him glowing praise from the front office — CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen capping it off by saying, “We owe Sven a big thank-you.”
Ulreich, in turn, is appreciative of the faith and looking forward to the future.
“I’m happy to hear positive words,” he said earlier in November after Neuer’s return (captured by Bild, via @iMiaSanMia). “The last few weeks and months have shown how important it is to be well-equipped in the position. I’m happy about the feedback. We’ll sit down for the next few weeks and see what happens.”
The 35-year-old is closing in on another contract extension that will keep him available in relief of the superstar Neuer, and Ulreich may even be in line for a front office role after his playing days are over.