Summary

  • Neuer has kept five consecutive clean sheets for Germany.
  • Feat unprecedented in more than a century of Nationalmannschaft internationals.
  • Bayern 'keeper the only man yet to concede at UEFA EURO.

Manuel Neuer has been billed as 'the world's best goalkeeper' for several years, and the sensational FC Bayern München number one now has the statistics to back up a claim to being his nation's all-time top shot-stopper.

Neuer's clean sheet in Germany’s 3-0 UEFA EURO 2016 Round of 16 victory over Slovakia was his fifth consecutive game for Die Nationalmannschaft without conceding a goal, making him the most miserly goalkeeper in the 108-year history of the national team.

The 30-year-old former FC Schalke 04 man has also recorded more clean sheets at UEFA EURO tournaments and in FIFA World Cups than any of his illustrious predecessors, which include the likes of ex-Bayern icons Oliver Kahn and Sepp Maier, and another former Bundesliga title winner, Jens Lehmann.

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Goalkeeping greats Maier and current Germany goalkeeper coach Andreas Köpke each won both a World Cup and a EURO during highly-distinguished playing careers.

With the form he is in, Neuer - the only UEFA EURO 2016 goalkeeper yet to be beaten - could very well be joining this exalted company come the final in Paris on 10 July.

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N.B. Lehmann went 681 minutes without conceding a goal for Germany in 2007/08, but did not do so in successive international matches. Neuer has not conceded in 450 minutes.