Manuel Neuer named German Footballer of the Year

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After what was a brilliant season for the 28 year-old, Manuel Neuer has now been named as the German Footballer of the Year. 

The Bayern Munich shot stopper has won the award for the second time in his career and fought off a lot of worthy candidates for the accolade.

The title, which is voted for in an annual poll amongst German sports journalists conducted by the distinguished German football magazine, Kicker, awarded it to Neuer after he received 144 of the 701 votes. 

Neuer's season

It was another comfortable season for the Bayern number one who added more silverware to his ever mounting pile of achievements as the club retained their Bundesliga crown with their new manager, Pep Guardiola. In total, the German kept 16 clean sheets in the league which is almost half of their league games. Bayern also held on to their DFB Pokal crown, fending off rivals, Borussia Dortmund, 2-0 after extra time, winning it for their 17th time - the sixth in the last 10 years.

Following on from this, Neuer flew out to Brazil for the World Cup with the German National team where he kept four clean sheets in seven games as the team romped to the final before beating Argentina 1-0 at the Maracanã. Due to his impressive performances both in and sometimes out of goal, Neuer won the Golden Gloves award ahead of a lot of outstanding goalkeepers from this year's tournament.

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Four of his team mates finished in the top ten. Thomas Muller came the closest in third but finishing just nine votes off Neuer was Borussia Dortmund's, Marco Reus, who may have maybe won the award if he wasn't forced to miss out on International duty. Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger were amongst the pickings as well as the recently retired international, Philipp Lahm who came fifth. 

Neuer surprised by award

After finding out that he had won the award, Neuer told Kicker: "This award is an honour for me. I'm really surprised, although obviously aware that I put in some good performances. The fact that we won the World Cup this year gives the award added significance for me."

The Coach of the Year prize was handed to Germany manager, Joachim Löw, for obvious reasons, and he too was honoured to have received the award and claimed it is "a special moment in my career." 

He received 248 votes, which was 159 more than how many Pep Guardiola received who was significantly successful in his first season in Germany. In second place was FC Augsburg coach, Markus Weinzierl who narrowly missed out of on a Europa League spot. 

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