Bayern Munich and Manchester City Neuer, Joe Hart illustrates the generational change among the three football clubs
must be a special feeling of Iker Casillas to feel like an old friend. Here the player for most of a decade has been one of the major exceptions of football. In a very specialized, then analyzed the experience and proven ability to handle pressure is preferred, the guy from Madrid was an anomaly. There was, in every way, very few who could not manage even a teenager.
goalkeeper Casillas became the most glamorous club of 17. He was the youngest goalie to win the Champions League where he kept a clean sheet as his team beat Valencia 3-0 in a few days, the age of 19. He won again at 21 (to put this in perspective, the average age of all goaltenders in the Champions League final is from 31). He captained his country to a European Championship and World Cup, while in 20 years. So prodigious was his career that he has every right to have a midlife crisis last May when he looked in the mirror to 30 years, yes.
exploring the Champions League, there is a growing number of clubs who rely on young people in the most demanding roles. When Manchester United came back at 20 years, Spanish David de Gea to replace years of wisdom incarnated in the keeper Edwin van der Sar to the questions were more on temperament than technique.
De Gea is the solution, however, and if the allocation is taken to Europe this week, they will face another brilliant young goalie. Yann Sommer FC Basel is 22. The pair attended the final of the UEFA European Under-21 in June, after having shone throughout the tournament.
In the same competition two years ago, England against Germany in the final. With the aim of Germany was a giant does not lack confidence: Manuel Neuer. A viewer frustrated by England was Joe Hart, who was suspended for the final. The two guards have grown in importance since then, and now have the shirt and play full international clubs that can aspire to win the Champions League. They also meet this week that Manchester City, Bayern Munich on Tuesday in a match that promises to fascinate.
not long Neuer, 25, were taken into account that goalkeepers mature old enough to be ahead. Little evidence of its wide range of colors Schalke last season to deter Manchester United who dare question their quality. But it was a month full of events just for the son of Gelsenkirchen. His transfer to Bayern was unusual in that not only supporters left who felt wronged, but also those who were about to join. Even when the movement is just speculation, and Neuer was a guest player at the Allianz Arena, Bayern fans booed him relentlessly and flags hoisted him so violently rejected the CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has was later forced to apologize on television.
limited opportunities to shine. Kahn often used to talk about how the club needs its caregivers to be as good in the concentration and the nuts and bolts to withstand the shocks and crosses. "The games that I have nothing to do are difficult," admits Neuer. Süddeutsche Zeitung
fun it was "more the person has paid unemployment in the world."
In particular, the media made a big deal of another young guard who was busy in the final round of the Champions League. Bernd Leno was the toast of Germany for its resistance against Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen at the age of 19. It is a very popular talent, critics are beginning to wonder if it could soon be serious competition for Neuer in the German national team.
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