Overtakes Maier and Taffarel

    For Hansi Flick, any criticism of Manuel Neuer sounds like blasphemy. If Germany’s number one on Thursday in the decisive group game of the national team against Costa Rica with his 19th World Cup appearance becomes the sole record goalkeeper ahead of Sepp Maier and Brazil’s Claudio Taffarel (to the statistics), there is no reason for the national coach to have any doubts. “He took goalkeeping to another level, so for me he’s still number one in the world.” This Flick sentence, which was voiced before the Qatar tournament, is like a statement of principle above the small question marks, the Neuer on his fourth WM suddenly accompany.

    Mistakes when playing with the ball, which he revolutionized for goalkeepers, safety, nonchalance and precision? Did the various injuries from the metatarsus before the 2018 World Cup to the acromion leave their mark this fall? Does the 36-year-old model athlete Neuer also have to pay tribute to the wear and tear of thousands of training sessions, countless parades and the constant pressure in the limelight? For the World Cup competition, these questions seem strange. Each of the 32 tournament coaches would be happy to have Manuel Neuer in the squad.

    New soon there: Players with the most World Cup appearances

    1 Lothar Matthäus (25 games for Germany)

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    2 Miroslav Klose (24 games for Germany)

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    3 Paolo Maldini (23 games for Italy)

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    4 Uwe Seeler (21 games for Germany)

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    4 Wladyslaw Zmuda (21 games for Poland)

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    4 Diego Maradona (21 games for Argentina)

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    7 Lionel Messi (20 games for Argentina)

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    7 Bastian Schweinsteiger (20 games for Germany)

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    7 Philipp Lahm (20 games for Germany)

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    7 Cáfu (20 games for Brazil)

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    7 Grzegorz Lato (20 games for Poland)

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    7 Javier Mascherano (20 games for Argentina)

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    13 Ronaldo (19 games for Brazil)

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    13 Berti Vogts (19 games for Germany)

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    13 Wolfgang Overath (19 games for Germany)

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    13 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (19 games for Germany)

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    13 Per Mertesacker (19 games for Germany)

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    13 Rafael Marquez (19 games for Mexico)

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    19 Cristiano Ronaldo (18 games for Portugal)

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    19 Mario Kempes (18 games for Argentina)

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    19 Sepp Maier (18 games for Germany)

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    19 Franz Beckenbauer (18 games for Germany)

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    19 Pierre Littbarski (18 games for Germany)

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    19 Thomas Berthold (18 games for Germany)

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    19 Claudio Taffarel (18 games for Brazil)

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    19 Dunga (18 games for Brazil)

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    19 Fabio Cannavaro (18 games for Italy)

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    19 Gaetano Scirea (18 games for Italy)

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    19 Antonio Cabrini (18 games for Italy)

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    His endless good goalkeeper deeds are becoming a curse for Neuer. Two actions in the short goalkeeper’s corner are suddenly compared: the hand is stretched upwards at lightning speed against the power shot by France’s Karim Benzema in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals. A monster parade that paved the way to World Cup victory. And this time, eight years later in Qatar: When Japan’s Takuma Asano shot, his shoulder turned away, his head slightly ducked. left the gap. The 1: 2 to opening bankruptcy against Japan. An unfair comparison for Flick: “We have to prevent the goals conceded in a different way.”

    On the media boulevard, former goalkeeper greats from Bodo Illgner to Jens Lehmann are tried to evaluate Neuer’s current achievements. There is no open criticism of the Bayern goalkeeper (yet). Neuer remains the ultimate for everyone. The Zulal Wellness Resort, as a DFB refuge, hasn’t changed Neuer’s status as a leading player. Youngsters like Jamal Musiala or Karim Adeyemi look up to him and talk about their admiration.

    The DFB press conference with World Cup teenager Youssoufa Moukoko recently became a charming talk of the generations. Neuer was relaxed as seldom in such performances. The goalkeeping hierarchy is indisputable anyway. Marc-André ter Stegen (30 years old/30 internationals) has settled into his DFB role as number two. Inspired by his top performances for Eintracht Frankfurt, Kevin Trapp (33/6) is a satisfied number three. In Germany there is currently no goalkeeper under 30 who has ever played an international match. This is also an expression of Neuer’s goalkeeping hegemony since the 2010 World Cup.

    Neuer has conceded 14 goals in his 18 World Cup games so far. He has a similarly dazzling quota with 111 goals conceded in all of his 116 international matches. He kept 47 clean sheets for Germany. Against Costa Rica there should finally be a zero again in a World Cup game. The last time he didn’t concede was in the triumphant final of 2014, beating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the Maracanã.

    World champion 2014: The German squad according to market values ​​at the time

    23 Miroslav Klose | Club at the time & market value: Lazio – €1m

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    Today: end of career

    22 Roman Weidenfeller | Club at the time & market value: BVB – €5m

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    Today: end of career

    21 Eric Durm | Club at the time & market value: BVB – €6m

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    Today: 1. FC K’lautern

    20 Shkodran Mustafi | Club at the time & market value: Sampdoria – €7m

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    Today: UD Levante

    19 Christoph Kramer | Club at the time & market value: M’gladbach – €8m

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    Today: M’gladbach

    18 Ron Robert Zieler | Former club & market value: Hannover 96 – €9.5m

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    Today: Hanover 96

    17 Kevin Grosskreutz | Club at the time & market value: BVB – €10m

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    Today: Boevinghausen

    16 Matthias Ginter | Club at the time & market value: SC Freiburg – €12m

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    Today: Fribourg

    15 Benedikt Höwedes | Former club & market value: Schalke – €16m

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    Today: end of career

    14 Per Mertesacker | Club at the time & market value: Arsenal FC – €18m

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    Today: end of career

    13 André Schurrle | Club at the time & market value: Chelsea FC – €20m

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    Today: end of career

    12 Sami Khedira | Club at the time & market value: Real Madrid – €22m

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    Today: end of career

    11 Lukas Podolski | Club at the time & market value: Arsenal FC – €23m

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    Today: Gornik Zabrze

    10 Jerome Boateng | Former club & market value: FC Bayern – €28m

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    Today: Lyons

    8 Philip Lahm | Club at the time & market value: Bayern Munich – €30m

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    Today: end of career

    8 Julian Draxler | Former club & market value: Schalke – €30m

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    Today: Benfica

    6 Mats Hummels | Former club & market value: BVB – €35m

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    Today: BVB

    6 Bastian Schweinsteiger | Former club & market value: FC Bayern – €35m

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    Today: end of career

    5 Manuel Neuer | Club at the time & market value: Bayern Munich – €40m

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    Today: FC Bayern

    4 Toni Kroos | Club at the time & market value: Bayern Munich – €42m

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    Today: Real Madrid

    3 Mario Götze | Former club & market value: Bayern Munich – €48m

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    Today: Eintracht Frankfurt

    1 Thomas Mueller | Club at the time & market value: FC Bayern – €50m

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    Today: FC Bayern

    1 Mesut Özil | Club at the time & market value: Arsenal FC – €50m

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    Today: Basaksehir

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