Iker Casillas is a surprise inclusion as one of the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the Fifa’s 2014 World XI despite a poor showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and after making just 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich keeper Pepe Reina, who joined the German champions this season as an experienced back-up for Manuel Neuer, has been ruled out for several weeks with a muscle injury, the club said on Tuesday.
Real Madrid`s Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named European Footballer of the Year, the Portuguese striker topping the journalists` poll ahead of Germany`s World Cup winner Manuel Neuer and Dutchman Arjen Robben.
German World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Netherlands winger Arjen Robben and Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo are the three contenders to win UEFA`s Best Player in Europe Award for 2013/14.
Germany wrote a new chapter in the history of international football as they became the first European team to lift the World Cup in South America, clinching a hard-fought 1-0 win over Argentina in the final, their triumph coming on the back of steely resolve and blood on the pitch here.
Despite being a tournament labelled as the return of attack-minded football after the caution shown in South Africa four years ago, Brazil 2014 has been a platform for the world`s best goalkeepers to shine.
Mats Hummels` first half header proved decisive as Germany marched into the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup for a record fourth time in a row with a 1-0 win over fellow European giants France, here on Friday.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said his one-handed save to keep out Karim Benzema`s shot deep into stoppage time was no big deal after his team beat France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.
In the round of 16, France overcame resolute Nigeria, whereas, Germany beat Algeria in extra-time. In an exclusive chat with Aditi Tyagi of Zee Media, former Indian skipper Baichung said that France forced out a good result. And he also praised German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for his effort. Baichung also favoured Argentina to get a desired result against Switzerland in today`s tie.