The captain of the German national team, Manuel Neuer (36), entered history tonight as the goalkeeper with the most appearances at the World Championships. For the experienced goalkeeper of Bayern, tonight's duel of the third round of group E against Costa Rica (4:2) was the 19th overall at the World Cup.
On the all-time list, he overtook compatriot Sepp Maier and Brazilian Claudio Taffarel, who each defended 18 games at the World Championships. However, this record will not be remembered fondly because Germany was already eliminated from the championship in the group stage.
This was Neuer's fourth World Cup, and with Germany, he was the world champion in 2014 in Brazil.
By the way, he made his debut for the German national team in 2009 and since then he has made 116 appearances.
He started his career in the youth club of Schalke, and in 2005 he was transferred to the first team of the German club. Six years later, he moved to Bayern in a transfer worth 30 million euros. From 2011 until today, he defends the colors of the Bavarian giant.
German media after WC elimination: The Germans made complete fools of themselves
There were violent reactions in the German media after the German national team ended its performance at this year's World Cup in Qatar. Germany, we remind you, beat Costa Rica 4:2 in Khor today, but it was not enough to allow them to continue the competition at the World Cup.
After winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany's elimination is the second time in a row that they have not qualified for the group stage, which was harshly criticized by the media from this country. Thus, the headline on the most famous German media Bild: "What a shame!
We are kicked out", while Sport1 writes "It's over, it's over, Germany is out of the World Cup". "The German players look terrified. Goretzka, Raum and the rest look shocked and stare into space as they sit on the substitutes' bench," writes Kicker, while SportsSchau reports: "Ultimate humiliation - German national team going home," with the note reading "The second time since 2014, the Germans have made complete fools of themselves and crashed out in the group stage of the World Cup".
Deutsche Welle was much more moderate but no less critical: "Bitter World Cup for Germany". "The German victory was meaningless in the end". We remind you that in the group stage of the competition, Germany lost to Japan in the first round, drew with Spain, and beat Costa Rica.