After Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his international soccer retirement after the Euro 2016, Germany’s national soccer team has chosen Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as captain, putting faith in his ability to continue leading the team to victory.
“we need to have more than one leader on the pitch if we want to be successful”
If you have followed the German National Team, aka Die Mannschaft, Neuer’s name should be a familiar one even if you only watched during the World Cup. His ability to defend the goal has made him an international star in his own right, and has three World Goalkeeper of the Year awards to add to his impressive performances, including helping the national team win the World Cup in 2014.
“It is an honour. I am proud to be captain of the team. But we all know that we need to have more than one leader on the pitch if we want to be successful,” Neuer said after the announcement. “Key aspects are discussed within the team council and we make decisions together. Of course I know that the captain’s armband is important symbolically. I am pleased that the head coach has placed in trust in me by naming me as captain.”
The role of team captain could have gone to many on the team consisting of plenty of star players, “all of whom would be highly capable as captain”, head coach Joachim Löw admitted, but for him, “Manuel Neuer is the logical successor to Bastian Schweinsteiger.”
“has everything you can want from a captain”
Löw went on to say that Neuer “has everything you can want from a captain. His achievements through his career are outstanding, he gives everything for the team and he is a model professional. He has exceptional qualities as a person. He takes full responsibility for himself and others, leads by example and always stays calm and composed. He is well regarded by the whole team and commands a great deal of respect. I know that he understands the duties that come with the role and expect that he will lead the players on and off the pitch.”
Talk about a glowing endorsement!
Neuer’s true test though will come as the team gears up to defend their position in the 2018 World Cup.