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'World class' Neuer and Boateng

Every six months, respected weekly journal kicker publishes its German Football Rankings, and the latest edition is once again dominated by FC Bayern players. As last summer, Manuel Neuer is the only Bundesliga goalkeeper to earn the ‘world-class’ label. “He seamlessly continued his outstanding form at the World Cup with his courageous and spectacular style of play,” kicker wrote. In the centre-back category, Jérôme Boateng tops the chart ahead of Wolfsburg’s Naldo. Bayern’s defensive chief is “setting standards – for the world to follow,” the kicker writers noted.

Alaba first, Bernat fourth

In the defensive wide player category, David Alaba was “in a class of his own until his injury,” kicker said. The Austrian Sports Personality of the Year, who topped his category for the third time in a row, earned the ‘international class’ label on this occasion. Juan Bernat came fourth in the list.

Neuer named best footballer in two awards polls

Bayern star Manuel Neuer has also been hailed in two further end-of-year rankings. In the World Sports Personality of the Year poll conducted by French sports daily L’Equipe the 28-year-old came an excellent second on 296 points, beaten only by French pole-vaulter Renaud Lavillenie on 614 points. Neuer also finished as runner-up in the poll for European Sports Personality of the Year held among the continent’s sports reporters. Manuel earned 81 points, just a single point behind British Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. Neuer finished as comfortably the best footballer in both votes.

Quote of the day

I reckon he’d definitely bag a few as a striker in the second division.
(All-time World Cup top scorer and former FCB striker Miroslav Klose on Manuel Neuer)