Neuer voted best in Germany

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named Germany’s Footballer of the Year after a successful year both on the domestic and international scenes.

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The 28-year-old helped Bayern retain their Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal crowns last season, pipping arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund to both trophies.

Neuer then played a starring role for Germany at the 2014 World Cup as Joachim Low’s side went on to win the tournament in Brazil, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final.

The keeper’s efforts won him the Golden Glove award, and now he has been honoured in his homeland by scooping the county’s top accolade for a second time in his career – Neuer also won it back in 2011.

He told DFB-TV on Saturday: “I am happy to be back. I am looking forward to the new challenges with Bayern and with the national team and the qualification for the European Championship.

“After a year in which we have won two titles with Bayern and became the World Cup Winners, I will stay hungry and ambitious.”

Neuer topped the list with 144 votes, Dortmund winger Marco Reus coming in second with 135 and Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller third with 105.