Neuer’s claim particularly rankled in Gelsenkirchen where he had played since the age of 4.
The arrival of Neuer, along with defenders Jerome Boateng and Rafinha, has shored up a defense that leaked 40 goals last season. Bayern has conceded one goal in five league games and sits top of the standings.
Also Sunday, Borussia Dortmund travels to Hannover, hoping to bounce back from its 2-1 loss to promoted Hertha Berlin last weekend.
Stuttgart gets the weekend’s action under way Friday at Freiburg.