YES! YES! YES! Bavaria-Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (37) has a girlfriend Anika Bissel (23) married. The handball player changed her name from Bissel to Neuer on Instagram.
As BILD exclusively learned, the athletes said yes silently and secretly on Sunday afternoon at the Tegernsee town hall office (on Lake Tegernsee/Bavaria).
According to information from BILD, the couple had made a special request for special permission for Sunday’s wedding and received it – top secret, of course.
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The November 12 ceremony lasted no more than 20 minutes. The wedding took place in the closest circle of friends and family – there is only room for 20 guests in the small wedding room on the first floor of the Town Hall.
According to information from BILD, shortly after the vows, the bride and groom moved from the bridal room to the adjacent balcony overlooking the picturesque Tegernsee. A photographer captured the romantic moment for the family album.
Speaking of family: Her baby bump was protruding under Anika’s white wedding dress. The Bayern star (wearing a stylish black suit) and the handball player are expecting their first child in the spring.
The bride and groom were left without one thing: they were not allowed to sprinkle rice, flowers and confetti “for the sake of the environment”. But that couldn’t diminish their happiness…
This is the second marriage for the captain of the German champions.
Neuer separated from his ex-wife Nina (30) at the end of 2019, a quick divorce before Christmas 2020. They both met at Madame Tussauds in Berlin in 2014, and the civil wedding took place in May 2017 in Tyrol (Austria ) and two months later the dream wedding in Monopoli (Italy). The marriage ended after just three years.
And Neuer met his Anika (14 years younger)… At the end of September, BILD reported, that Neuer and Bissel were engaged.
Anika Neuer plays handball for the second division club Regensburg, studied fashion management in Nagold (Baden-Württemberg) from 2019 to 2021, is a textile business economist and started working at “Kinga Mathe”, a traditional fashion clothing brand from Gmund am Tegernsee, in April 2022.
The Neuers live in a village above the Voralpensee.
Anika comes from a handball family: brother Christopher Bissel (28) plays as a left winger for HC Erlangen. Her father, Dr. Carsten Bissel (59 / lawyer) is the head of the HC supervisory board. Neuer watches games from the stands whenever possible.
The Bayern star had plenty of time to do so due to his long-term injury. The goalkeeper has been out since the end of 2022 with a fractured tibia and fibula. After the skiing accident, emergency surgery at the Murnau accident clinic and the removal of metal from his fibula in early August, Neuer returned on 28 October with an 8-0 victory over Darmstadt…