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If there is one thing Germans are good at, it's producing goalkeepers. In a manner that would be considered entirely unprecedented in any other league across the continent, the Bundesliga is simply packed full of fantastic goalkeepers. Yet when we try to decipher just which one could be considered as the best at the moment, things do begin to get a little tricky.
Manuel Neuer, the Bayern Munich No. 1, is the first name on the team sheet for Bayern and Germany and as such holds a certain degree of quality over the rest of the league's shot-stopping talent. But there are others who are pushing for such a spot.
Rene Adler would strike most as the natural alternative, yet the Hamburg keeper had a very shaky second half to his season—precisely when he was reintroduced to the German national team—and actually finished the campaign as a shadow of the player who looked likely to conquer all before him in the opening weeks.
Similarly, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the Gladbach wonderkid, would seem like the next-best option, yet he too simply hasn't maintained the form that brought such fame last season, and as such would have considered this season a little disappointing.
One player who has managed to outshine both is Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. At the modest age of 22, the young German keeper was a vital part of his club's explosive start to the Bundesliga, with exquisite reflexes and a calmness that eludes so many at his age.
Oddly enough, it was an injury in March that ruled Trapp out of the remaining eight games of the season, cementing Trapp's importance to the side as Frankfurt dropped from a pivotal fourth place—and entry in to the Champions League playoff—to a disappointing sixth place.
Perhaps with a fully fit Trapp between the posts next season, Frankfurt can once again challenge, and even reach, that coveted Champions League spot.