Manuel Neuer Overcomes Bayern Trauma – Bayern Overcome Klinsmann TraumaBy: Jan | April 27th, 2009
This is not Manuel Neuer’s way of paying tribute to one of Germany’s best ever goalkeepers – it is his way to exact revenge. Revenge for four minutes in May 2001.
Manuel Neuer was 15 when he stood in the curve of Schalke’s old Parkstadion, ready to celebrate Schalke’s first championship since 1958. Schalke had beaten Unterhaching and Bayern were losing against Hamburg. Schalke topped the table on goal difference. Fans had already invaded the pitch celebrating, not realizing that the game in Hamburg wasn’t over yet. Referee Markus Merk had given three minutes of extra time and in the fourth he awarded a free kick to Bayern. The free kick resulted in heartbreak and tears for Schalke, while Oliver Kahn ran to the corner flag to celebrate. A moment burned into the collective memory of all Schalke fans – well at least Manuel Neuer’s.
Schalke’s 1-0 victory over Bayern on Saturday was in no way near as important or dramatic, but probably Neuer felt, that with all the chaos going on at his own club, a better opportunity may not come anytime soon. Schalke fans thanked him by declaring him their new god. Bayern fans were probably not amused, in case they noticed at all in between their weekly routine of chanting “Klinsmann out!”. A wish which came true today.