Zurich (AP) – FC Bayern’s Manuel Neuer has been honored as FIFA world goalkeeper after Munich’s three-time season.
The 34-year-old captain of the German record champion won the Brazilian Alisson Becker from the English champions Liverpool FC and the Slovenian Jan Oblak from Atlético Madrid in the free program of the world association.
In support, Neuer played a key role in FC Bayern’s extraordinary year: champions, DFB Cup winners, Champions League winners and titles in the German and European Supercups. The 2014 World Cup winner received this individual FIFA trophy for the first time in his illustrious career.
Last year, Alisson was named world goalkeeper. The award, introduced in 2017, was also won by the Belgian Thibaut Courtois and Gianluigi Buffon from Italy. Previously, the world goalkeeper had not yet been officially recognized, only a goalkeeper was appointed in the team of the year.
In the choice of the world goalkeeper, the votes of the captains and head coaches of national teams, journalists and fans were equally decisive. Voting was possible until December 9. As another German national player, FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen was selected by a jury from the six candidates.
In the choice of the world goalkeeper, the French Sarah Bouhaddi was chosen by Olympique Lyon.