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Retro Snapshot: Mesut Ozil And Manuel Neuer In The Same School Football Team, 1993/94

By Chris Wright

There is a line of thought being peddled today that Manuel Neuer was able to swat away Mesut Ozil’s penalty at the Emirates last night with such ease as the pair of childhood friends know each other inside out, having grown up and even gone to school together in Gelsenkirchen as boys.

There is also an alternative secondary theory that a half-blind horse with motor skills issues could have also successfully kept such a weak spot-kick at bay, but that’s by-the-by.

Anyway, as nothing more than a piece of footballing miscellanea, here’s a brilliant photo of the 1993/4 school football team at the Gesamtschule Berger Feld school (which is situated directly behind and literally a matter of metres away from Schalke’s stadium) in Gelsenkirchen and which features not one, but two future German internationals in the guises of Ozil (bottom row, second left) and Neuer (bottom row, first left)…


And is that a young Torsten Frings we see too, third from the left on the back row? What a stellar line-up!

(Photo via Telegraph)

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By Chris on February 20th, 2014 in Arsenal, Bundesliga, GIFs, Newsnow, Retro. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

8 Responses to “Retro Snapshot: Mesut Ozil And Manuel Neuer In The Same School Football Team, 1993/94”

  1. Ralph says:

    The 2nd one from the left in the back row: Give that man SHORTS!!!

  2. KP says:

    2 kids forget shorts, one improvises with pyjama pants.

  3. Daniel says:

    Sure that this is Manuel Neuer? He’s 2,5 years old than Özil, so I’m not sure that they were on the same school team….

  4. Manolo Garnix says:

    There are a few things that don’t fit:

    1. 1993/94 was 20 years ago, Özil being 25 I hardly doubt he’s five years old in this picture
    2. As mentioned earlier, Neuer and Özil aren’t of the same age, while these kids look like they are.
    3. Özil and Neuer visited the Berger Feld Gesamtschule from 2000 on. I don’t think they’ve been to the same primary school before.
    4. The Photo is of Mesuts first team, Westfalia 04, as it is written on the shirt. He joined the team in 95, so my guess would be that the photo is from 96/97, judging by the shoes.

  5. Terry Shedingham says:

    Did you even read the comments on that link? There’s no Photoshop involved, just someone on Twitter circled the goalie as if it was Neuer and everyone, even major newspapers, reported it as if it were true.

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