Many observers will tell you that the top German keeper of the 21st century is Oliver Kahn. They'd also tell you that Jens Lehman wasn't too shabby either. Germany's goalkeeping talent of today is truly remarkable. They stand head and shoulders above the rest of the world and can only be matched by the world champions Spain.
Manuel Neuer joined Bayern Munich at the start of last season after being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford. However, his debut for Bayern was one of the worst games of his career. However, it was a sign of things to come. Some critics now say the 27-year-old has a touch of Kahn about him. This quite simply means, he's a brilliant keeper with a mistake or two in him. On the other hand these mistakes come once in a blue moon and Neuer remains as number one for club and country.
Thirty-year-old Tim Wiese has a lot of critics as an understudy to Manuel Neuer, Wiese doesn't get a lot of game time for his country, however, some critics don't know understand why he's Germany's No. 2 as he makes error after error during his club games. Even Werder Bremen has stopped wanting his services as they have shipped him off to Hoffenheim.
He joins them to replace Bayern bound Tom Starke. However, to give him some credit, Wiese does pull off a few world class saves from time to time.
Ron-Robert Zieler was once on the books at Old Trafford. However, things didn't work out and he was sold to Hannover after a very successful loan spell. Now back in his home land, Zieler has continued to impress at German side Hannover. So much so that he went to Euro 2012 as Germany's third choice keeper. Zieler is one of many young German goalkeepers to have found their feet in the Bundesliga last season. But he seems to be the one that is making all of the headlines. He's such an intelligent and commanding goalkeeper for his age.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a 20-year-old German keeper finding his feet in the Bundesliga. He is one of the main reasons why Borussia Monchengladbach had such a brilliant season last year. In contrast to their previous seasons with Logan Baily in goal, it's easy to notice ter Stegen's contributions. He really is an exciting young talent whom Bundesliga fans find hard not to watch. Unfortunately, there wasn't a place on the plane to Poland and Ukraine for ter Stegen because he failed to impress against Switzerland in a pre-tournament friendly.
Twenty-seven-year-old Rene Adler is a goalkeeper that was pushed off the team's roster because of a youngster. Adler was hit by injury at the start of the season, so Leverkusen bought in Leno on loan from Stuttgart. Leno was officially signed by Bayer Leverkusen in January after his outstanding loan spell. Adler did come back from injury but he couldn't force Leno out of the side. He has since joined Hamburg and looks to stake his claim for the future on the German national team.
There is a whole array of young German keepers that are their clubs first choice between the sticks. However, only a handful will make the German national team and even then, they won't beat Manuel Neuer to the No. 1 jersey. Kraft, Trapp, Unnerstall and Ulreich are a few more from this bracket. They're all top quality keepers with years ahead of them. Germany's unexpected semifinal exit at Euro 2012 was only a sign of things to come. If their goalkeepers are anything to go by, Germany will have an exciting squad for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
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