Bayern Munich goaltender Manuel Neuer was voted as Germany’s top footballer of the year in the nation’s yearly poll of sports writers. Neuer, who helped lead Bayern Munich to the German Bundesliga title in the 2013/14 season, also led his homeland to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer and was named the best keeper of the tournament. According to Kicker magazine, 701 sports journalists took part in the voting process.
The 28-year-old Neuer received 144 out of the possible 701 votes to rank him in first place. However, it was quite a close win since Borussia Dortmund striker finished just nine voted behind him with 135. Unfortunately for Reus, Germany, and the country’s fans, he missed the World Cup due to a knee injury which he suffered in Germany’s final pre-tournament game.
Neuer kicked off his pro career with Schalke 04 in Germany back in 2004 and spent several years there before signing with Bayern Munich in 2011. He’s played in 359 career club contests so far in his career with 154 of them being for Munich. Neuer has played 52 times for the German national senior squad and has also represented the country at the Under-18, Under-19, Under-20, and Under-21 levels.
Neuer’s club and international teammate Thomas Mueller finished in third place in the poll with a total of 105 votes. Also, the voters named Germany’s international manager Joachim Loew as the best coach. Loew managed Germany to their first World Cup triumph in 24 years when they best Argentina 1-0 after extra time in June. Loew garnered 248 of the votes with Augsburg manager Markus Weinzierl coming in second place with 152. Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola received 89 votes.
Some fans may be a little surprised that Guardiola came in behind Augsburg’s Weinzierl since Bayern won a double by capturing the Bundesliga and the German Cup.