Alex Wood at Back Page Football:
But, you see, Neuer is so much more than just a goalkeeper. He is a footballer, too. Ever since he emerged from the youth setup of his hometown club, Schalke 04, in 2006, Neuer has adopted a unique playing style that has truly captivated fans, managers and pundits around the world.
Often seen darting some thirty yards from the goal line to halt on-rushing players, Neuer has successfully redefined the very role that goalkeepers are expected to play in modern day football. Allow me to introduce the “sweeper-keeper”.