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Video: Manuel Neuer is unbelievable at long-range keepy-uppies

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Manuel Neuer has made a name for himself in recent years not only for his amazing shot-stopping ability but with his impressive skills with the ball at his feet.

The Bayern Munich 'keeper - complete with his casual Cruyff turns and pinpoint passing - has been the driving force behind the recent obsession with finding goalkeepers who are comfortable with the ball at their feet.

And Neuer was back at it again during a recent Bayern training session. That's after the Bundesliga club uploaded footage showing the Germany number one taking part in some long-range keepy-uppies with teammates Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich. 

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The sweeper-keeper played outfield during his youth before a shortage of 'keepers saw him step between the sticks. 

And, judging by the footage below, he would still make a decent emergency midfielder if Bayern were ever short of numbers.

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For most outfield players, the sight of their goalkeeper walking towards them ready to interrupt their game of long-range passes would be met by sighs and the knowledge that their fun at the end of a training session was about to be ruined. 

Neuer isn't most goalkeepers, though. Not only is he a match for his outfield teammates but, arguably, produces the better skills - including a perfectly executed 'shell pass' - in the video below. 

Whilst Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti won't want to see his number one taking too many risks when it comes to competitive games, he must be delighted to have a player with his skill set as the last line of defence.

Indeed, more often than not, Neuer is actually the foundation of many an attack for the Bundesliga giants thanks to his ability play the perfect pass or evade an oncoming opponent.

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Neuer isn't having too bad of a season in his more familiar role, either. Through Bayern's first 10 games of the Bundesliga season, the veteran 'keeper has conceded just six goals - helping the reigning champions to their position at the top of the table.

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