Sunday, July 5, 2015 and Nadine Angerer retired from being a recognized world-wide acclaimed goalkeeper. At 37 years of age, Nadine can look back on an incredible career that enabled her to play for her homeland, Germany, and to ‘raise the bar’ on competition games, particularly for the Portland Thorns. I am an ardent fan of women’s soccer, so I am happy to write about a champion such as Nadine. (paula).
Angerer was born in Lohr am Main (Germany) on November 10, 1978.. Her career began with ASV Hofstetten, where she played as a forward. When she substituted for the injured goalkeeper during a youth scouting game, she was discovered as a goalkeeping talent. In 1995, she played for FC Nürnberg and the next year for FC Wacker München. In 1996, at the age of 17 years, Nadine won her first cap (playing for a country).
In January 2014, she won FIFA’s World Player of the Year award – making her the first goalkeeper, male or female, to do so. This aware was first given out in 2001. Two female players, Marta and Brigit Prinz have won it a combined eight times. The previous year, 2013, Nadine led Germany to the Euro 2013 Championship, defeating Norway in the final. Angerer conceded one goal in six matches in the tournament.
An entire team, and mostly the goalie – waits for a player from the opposition to take a penalty kick. The goalie stands in the middle of a wide net and has to judge which side of her the ball will be kicked. A clever kicker will not show her hand (or should I say ‘foot’). The goalie has a split second to dive to her right or left. It would be safe to say that most kickers score a goal, unless they kick it over or wide of the posts.
At the 2007 World Cup, Germany met Brazil in the final. Leading 1-0 in the second half, Angerer made a penalty save on Marta, who was the top player in the world at that time. Marta was the tournament’s leading scorer with seven goals. When Nadine stopped Marta’s kick, a cheer from the team went up as it did in the stands where German supporters proudly waved flags. German went on to win the game 2-0. Nadine did not allow a goal in the entire World Cup.
Six years later in 2013, Germany faced Forway in the UEFA Euro final. She made two penalty saves against the Norwegians and the German team won 1-0. When Nadine was presented her medal, it was the seventh on the international scene. Most people believe that this performance won Nadine’s nomination as World Player of the Year (female). She was photographed with Rinaldo that year who was given the male prize.
2010: I’m Bisexual but Hate Labels.
In 2010, she came out as bisexual. ‘I am very open about this, because I am of the opinion there are nice guys and nice women,’ she said. ‘Besides, I find it totally silly to have a general definition. I see no problem for me to come out of the closet. This is nothing new for me, so I can deal with the issue in a totally relaxed manner.’
Paula’s final words:
Nadine is an incredible athlete with an outstanding record. She has been an inspiration to young female soccer players (goalie
UPDATE – UPDATE
Nadine in a recent interview declared that she has a girlfriend in Portland.