On Monday, FIFA hosted their annual Ballon d’Or trophy awards ceremony. During the ceremony they also honored the best female player with the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award, which went to Nadine Angerer.
“I have to say that I’m a little surprised, but very thankful. First of all I have to thank everybody that voted for me. I just want to pay my respects to Marta and Abby who have had an incredible year too,” Angerer said.
“You never get a success like this on your own. I have to thank my teammates and my goalkeeping coach who raised me to a level that I never thought I’d get to. Also I have to thank the people in my private life, I have a great family who have been a great support to me over the years. My friends have also been very supportive to me. Thanks to everybody.”
FIFA summed up her accomplishments in the 2013 calendar year:
Over the course of 2013, Nadine Angerer left little doubt as to her credentials as one of the world’s best, and the goalkeeper was a decisive figure in Germany’s UEFA Women’s Euro campaign in Sweden, helping her country to an eighth continental crown. As the most-capped player among coach Silvia Neid’s young squad, the 35-year-old was a cornerstone of the team. Angerer saved two penalties in the final against Norway, ensuring Germany defended their title with a narrow 1-0 victory. It was a memorable individual display that was a key factor in her scooping the Best Women’s Player in Europe Award.
For FIFA Women’s World Player of the year award, there were three nominees in total. The other two were:
- Marta (Brazil)
- Abby Wambach (USA)
The highlight of the night is the Ballon d’Or trophy which goes to the best player in men’s soccer, but there are other awards handed out on the night too, which include: FIFPro World XI, FIFA Women’s World Player of the year and coach of the year for both genders.