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Sven Ulreich content with role at Bayern Munich, hopes to get to 100 career appearances

Sven Ulreich did a heck of a job filling in for Manuel Neuer.

FC Bayern Muenchen v SV Darmstadt 98 - Bundesliga Photo by Kevin Voigt/Getty Images

Earlier this season, Bayern Munich’s Sven Ulreich filled in admirably for Manuel Neuer as the captain recovered and rehabbed from his long-term leg injury.

Ulreich has long accepted his role behind Neuer, who is regarded by many as this generation’s best goalkeeper. It is a position on the squad that Ulreich always was comfortable with.

“When FC Bayern wanted to bring me from Stuttgart, the first thing I thought was: ‘Wow! Cool! Bayern!’ But then, in the next moment, I realized: Number two? I was 26 and that wasn’t in my career plan. But after pondering for a few nights, I saw the offer as a great opportunity for me to make progress,” Ulreich told Säbener51 (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “I was able to learn a lot from working with Manu and this world-class team every day. I realized that some people might not want to understand that. But for me it was a step forward.”

“I wanted to gain experience that would help me progress and open new doors for me. But then everything developed in a way that I have been extending my contract again and again since then. I played regularly and always felt the trust in me here. Over time, the team, the club, the environment and everything have grown on me. I see it as a privilege to be able to work here as number two.”

Despite his status behind Neuer, Ulreich has racked up 98 appearances over the years — and he would love to hit triple digits.

“I’m really proud of that. I hope I can add a couple more games so I can reach 100,” said Ulreich.

Ulreich felt the appreciation for his performance during the club’s annual general meeting, where he received a rousing round if applause.

“I was of course pleased that the members appreciated what I’m doing for the club. That’s why this means a lot to me. I have always said that FC Bayern is family to me,” said Ulreich.


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