Germany’s international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will go up against both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned the best player in the world, but it also looks like he has a pretender to his goalkeeping throne.
19-year-old Marvin Schwäbe showed wonderful calmness and skill while playing for Germany’s under-20 side against Poland this week. Not wanting to just clear the ball up the pitch, he embarrassed Polish forward Mariusz Stepinski.
Schwäbe controls the back pass, before nut-megging the on-rushing striker, before calmly passing the ball off to his defender.
Neuer has always said that he is good enough to play in the outfield for a lower league German side, but it looks like his on-the-ball antics are now inspiring a new generation of German goalkeepers.
This summer Schwäbe gained promotion in July to the Hoffenheim first team squad after playing for Hoffenheim II in the regional divisions of German football. He has yet to make his debut in the Bundesliga, but his record in the second team wasn’t bad, conceding 14 goals in 12 games, keeping two clean sheets.
Germany’s 2-0 win in Poland was the first victory in four games for Frank Wormuth’s side with goals from Davie Selke and Sebastian Kerk sealing the three points. However, the headlines belong to Schwäbe and his excellent, cold-hearted skill.
With this sort of football and obvious ice in his veins, it won’t be long until the 19-year-old is making his mark in the Bundesliga.