Manuel Neuer is a professional German goalkeeper, who is best known as the current goalkeeper of Schalke 04. Neuer was born on March 27, 1986 in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany, and he has been with the German national team since 2009.
Neuer started playing football when he was just a young boy. His dedication to the game allowed him to progress through all amateur or youth stages at the local club at his hometown. He even enjoyed an extensive youth career which spanned from 1991 to 2004 playing for the youth division of Schalke 04.
It can be said that Neuer has in fact grown up in Schalke 04, and so he soon progressed into Schalke 04 II (second team), where he stayed on and off for four years. Eventually, he was signed under professional terms an official member of the first team of Schalke 04 in 2005.
His first opportunity to shine as the goalkeeper of Schalke 04 came when Frank Rost was injured on the second day of the 2006 to 2007 season. Eventually, he rose to the occasion when Rost dropped during a heated clash against Bayern Munich. Neuer managed to secure a 2-2 draw against Munich, and as a result, he received recognition even at a young age, and he was soon dubbed to be the next Jens Lehmann – who is also his idol.
Neuer has been a part of the German national team since 2009. He has made 11 caps so far. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Neuer was tapped as the first choice goalkeeper over Hans-Jorg Butt and Tim Wiese.