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Published: Friday 20 May, 2016


UEFA EURO 2016 France™ commences next month (June 10 to July 10), and aside from the FIFA World Cup™, this quadrennial tournament is regarded as the biggest event in Nike Magista Obra FG men’s soccer. For the first time, 24 teams (expanded from the previous 16-team structure) will battle to topple two-time defending champions Spain and prevail in Paris.


 



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This week, we look to the current World Champion, Germany. In World Cup 2014, the Germans annihilated Brazil in the semifinal, beating them by an astonishing 7-1, and went on to win the Final against Argentina. It took 113 minutes for either side to score, with Germany’s Götze scoring the only goal of the game and ultimately leading his side to lift the world’s most coveted trophy.


 


Now that we’re in Germany, let’s narrow the scope to Bavaria and the country’s most successful club: Bayern Munich. The Stern des Südens (“Star of the South”) has won a record 26 national titles and 17 national cups. Our stars of the week both made the 2014 World Cup Dream Team as voted on by FIFA.com users: goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and forward Thomas Müller. Let’s see if this pair can channel their success in Brazil and bring some magic to France for EUROs.


 


MANUEL NEUER:


Widely proclaimed to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Neuer has won seemingly every club, country, and individual honor in soccer. Highlights include: World Cup (2014), Champions League (2012/13), Bundesliga (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16), FIFA World Cup Golden Glove (2014), and IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (2013, 2014, 2015). Despite his overflowing trophy cabinet, Neuer has yet to win a European Championship with Germany; Die Mannschaft has been Champion of Europe three times, most recently in 1996.


 


As solid as they come between the sticks, Neuer further sets himself apart with his unique “sweeper-keeper” style of play. By pushing up to take up almost a third of the field at times, his teammates can deeply penetrate their opponents’ half. Standing tall at 6′ 4″, his size and unwavering confidence make for an imposing combination for any striker who comes against him.


 


THOMAS MÜLLER:


Moving up the field, from sweeper-keeper to striker, we look to Müller–who is adaptable not only as a second striker, but also as a midfielder, and a winger (on either side). His ability to score goals no matter where he is on the field, combined with his stamina and teamwork (he is 3rd captain of Bayern Munich) has helped him share the record of most FIFA World Cups with at least five goals (2010, 2014). He shares this with fellow German Miroslav Klose (2002, 2006) and Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas (1970, 1978). His skills don’t stop at soccer, as demonstrated by his recent performance celebrating Bayern’s Bundesliga 2015/16 title win.


 


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Neuer plays in his own namesake glove, made by who else but proud German brand adidas. The adidas ACE Zones Pro Neuer, a SOCCER.COM exclusive glove, is made for those who seek to control the game. Engineered for catching, the glove features adidas’ own Evo Zone technology. Its negative cut provides seamless touch. Since cleats are just as important, especially if you’re a sweeper-keeper like Neuer, the German legend controls the game with his adidas ACE 16+ PURECONTROL cleats.


 



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THOMAS MÜLLER: 


Like Neuer, the 26-year-old star stays outfitted in adidas head-to-toe, from club to country, lacing up adidas X 15+ Primeknits. Made for game-changers seeking speed and agility, the boot’s revolutionary design and reinforced X-Cage wrap the foot for lightweight, but reliable support during high-agility moves.


 


Müller gets additional support from the upper and Techfit collar, both made of Primeknit, the most comfortable material in the game. The Primeknit provides compression around the ankle and foot for dynamic support.


 


MANUEL NEUER:


Neuer progressed through the youth teams, winning a UEFA U-21 Championship in 2009, to eventually make his senior team debut in May 2009. Once the 2010 World Cup came around, he was the number one goalkeeper for the tournament, and he conceded only one goal throughout the group stages in South Africa. As a testament to the benefits of his sweeper-keeper style, he even provided an assist to teammate Miroslav Klose for the opening goal in what would end up being a 4-1 victory over England.


 


In his last EUROs, he played every minute of 2012 qualifiers, helping Die Mannschaft win 10 out of 10 qualifying games and top their group. From there, they went on to be the only team of the tournament to win all of its group stage games in the tournament’s “Group of Death” (Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal).


 


As mentioned earlier, Neuer won the Golden Glove award for the World Cup’s best goalkeeper. Having grown increasingly confident in his abilities as an 11th man and pseudo-defender throughout the tournament, he memorably threw off attacking runs by Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuaín and Rodrigo Palacio in the final. They ended up shooting wide in both instances, and Argentina finished the match defeated and without a single shot on goal.


 


THOMAS MÜLLER:


Not constricted to one position, this diverse attacker doesn’t care where he is in the formation, so long as he can score. During the 2014 World Cup, coach Joachim Löw stated in a BBC interview that Müller “is a very unorthodox player and you can’t really predict his lines of running, but he has one aim and that is ‘how can I score a goal?”


 


Müller is a product of Bayern’s youth system, and although he started as a midfielder, he has gradually moved into more of an attacking role throughout his development. He has been with the German senior squad since 2010, just in time for his World Cup debut. He played in all of Germany’s group stage games, and with five goals in the tournament, Müller ended as joint top goalscorer of the tournament. He also earned the Golden Boot and the Best Young Player Award.


 


Skipping forward to World Cup 2014, Müller received the Silver Boot as the tournament’s second top goalscorer with five goals. He was also named in the World Cup All Star XI. In EUROs 2016 qualifying, he scored nine goals in ten matches to easily qualify Germany.


 
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