Nadine Angerer

Nadine Marejke Angerer[1] (born 10 November 1978) is a German football coach and player who is currently a goalkeeping player-coach for Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[2]

Nadine Angerer
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Angerer with Frankfurt in August 2011
Personal information
Full name Nadine Marejke Angerer
Date of birth (1978-11-10) 10 November 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Lohr a. Main, West Germany
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns (player-coach)
Number 46
Youth career
ESV Gemünden
ASV Hofstetten
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 1. FC Nürnberg
1996–1999 FC Wacker München
1999–2001 FC Bayern Munich 17 (0)
2001–2007 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 126 (0)
2008 Djurgårdens IF 22 (0)
2009–2013 1. FFC Frankfurt 85 (0)
2013–2014 Brisbane Roar 9 (0)
2014–2015 Portland Thorns 28 (0)
2014Brisbane Roar (loan) 8 (0)
2020 Portland Thorns 0 (0)
National team
1996–2015 Germany 146 (0)
Teams managed
2015– Portland Thorns (goalkeeping)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:57, 18 July 2020 (UTC)

Angerer has played for Frauen-Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich, Turbine Potsdam (with whom she won the 2005 UEFA Women's Cup) and FFC Frankfurt. In 2008, she played for Djurgårdens IF of the Swedish Damallsvenskan and she spent two periods on loan with Brisbane Roar of the Australian W-League in 2013 and 2014. During her extensive international career, Angerer was recognised as one of the world's best female goalkeepers.

Since making her debut for the Germany women's national football team in August 1996, Angerer won a total of 146 caps. She understudied Silke Rottenberg at the UEFA Women's Championship in 1997, 2001 and 2005; the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1999 and 2003; as well as the 2000 and 2004 Olympic football tournaments. When Rottenberg was injured before the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, Angerer took over as first choice and kept a clean sheet in every round as Germany won the tournament. She remained first choice for the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups and the 2008 Olympics.

Germany won the UEFA Women's Championship on each of the five occasions Angerer was involved and won the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 and 2007. Their best finish at the Olympics was third in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Angerer is a penalty-saving specialist, having stopped Marta's kick in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Final and both Trine Rønning and Solveig Gulbrandsen's during the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Final. She was appointed captain of Germany in 2011 following the retirement of Birgit Prinz. On 13 January 2014, Angerer was named FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first goalkeeper – male or female – to win the award.[3] She announced her retirement for the end of the 2014–15 season on 13 May 2015.[4]

Club careerEdit

Angerer was born in Lohr am Main, near Frankfurt.[5] Her career began with ASV Hofstetten, where she played as a forward.[6] When she substituted for the injured goalkeeper during a youth scouting game, she was discovered as a goalkeeping talent. In 1995, she moved to 1. FC Nürnberg and one year later to FC Wacker München. While at Wacker, she rejected the opportunity to play for an American college soccer team.[7]

From 1999 to 2001, Angerer played at FC Bayern Munich, helping the team achieve promotion to Germany's top division, the Bundesliga. She transferred to 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in 2001, where she claimed two national Bundesliga championships, three German Cup wins and the UEFA Women's Cup in the 2004–05 season.[8]

After seven years at Potsdam, Angerer left Germany in 2008 to play at Djurgårdens IF Dam in Sweden, replacing Bente Nordby. She returned to Germany after only one season to join 1. FFC Frankfurt. She won the German Cup for a fourth time with Frankfurt in 2011.[9] Following Birgit Prinz's retirement she was appointed Frankfurt's new captain.

While playing at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Angerer announced her signing on a free transfer with the Brisbane Roar in Australia's W-League[10] and further plans for a move to an as yet unspecified team in the NWSL by January 2014.[11]

Portland Thorns FCEdit

On 13 January 2014, Portland Thorns FC announced Angerer's acquisition to play for Portland for the National Women's Soccer League 2014 Season,[12] replacing Karina LeBlanc who was traded to the Chicago Red Stars. She made her debut for Portland with a shutout against the Houston Dash on 12 April and went on to start 22 games for the Thorns, adding another three saves while compiling 74 saves (both ranking fourth in the league). After the season, Angerer was loaned to the Brisbane Roar with plans to return to Portland for the start of the 2015 season.[13]

Angerer retired from being a professional footballer in 2015.[14]

On July 17, 2020, Angerer was signed as an emergency replacement goalkeeper by Portland Thorns FC during the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.[2]

International careerEdit

Angerer warming up for a match with Germany women's national football team in 2009

Angerer made her international debut for Germany against the Netherlands in August 1996.[6] However, after five matches in quick succession she was only used sporadically thereafter. Angerer was Germany's second choice goalkeeper behind Silke Rottenberg for almost a decade, winning six major titles as a reserve player without having played in a single game, including the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, two Olympic bronze medals in 2000, 2004, and three UEFA European Championships in 1997, 2001 and 2005.[8]

When Rottenberg suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Angerer was picked as the starting goalkeeper for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. During the entire tournament she did not concede a single goal, setting the record for most consecutive minutes played without conceding a goal in World Cup play to 540 minutes.[6] This included blocking a penalty kick by Marta in the 2–0 final win over Brazil. Along with Norway's Bente Nordby, she was named in FIFA's tournament All-Star Team.

Angerer remained Germany's national team goalkeeper for the 2008 Summer Olympics, claiming the bronze medal. She won the European Championship for a fourth time in 2009, the first time she had been a starter for Germany. Angerer was called up for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad[8] and received her 100th cap in her team's second match of the tournament, against Nigeria.

Fara Williams strokes a penalty past Angerer at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, to inflict Germany's first ever defeat by England

Following Birgit Prinz's retirement Angerer was appointed the national team's new captain.[15] She saved penalty kicks from both Trine Rønning and Solveig Gulbrandsen during the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 final at Friends Arena on 28 July 2013, and was named player of the match following Germany's 1–0 win against Norway. Anja Mittag's goal gave the Germans their sixth successive title.[16]

In May 2015, Angerer was named to Germany's roster for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[17] During a quarter-final match against France, she denied Claire Lavogez who took the crucial fifth penalty during the penalty shootout to clinch the win and advance to the semi-finals against the United States.[18] Germany lost the semi-final 2–0 to the United States after Carli Lloyd scored a penalty and Kelley O'Hara added a second goal.[19] In Angerer's final game with the national team she was beaten by another penalty, despite her angry protests. Fara Williams gave England a 1–0 extra time win in the bronze medal match.[20]

Coaching careerEdit

Nadine Angerer coaching the Portland Thorns FC goalkeepers in 2017

Portland Thorns FCEdit

On 2 December 2015, Angerer was announced as the goalkeeper coach for the Portland Thorns.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

After abandoning an apprenticeship as an event technician, Angerer trained as a physiotherapist and took a break from the national team in 2006–07 to complete her exams.[22] Angerer told the German newspaper Die Zeit in December 2010 that she does not discriminate on grounds of gender when considering personal relationships.[23]

Angerer married her long time girlfriend Magdalena (née Golombek) in November 2016.[24]


Captaining Germany at Euro 2013


Turbine Potsdam

1. FFC Frankfurt



See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b Costello, Brian (17 July 2020). "Eckerstrom, Thorns cause nightmares for Courage in NWSL Challenge Cup victory". Portland Timbers. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Nadine Angerer wins FIFA women's world player of the year". 18 December 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Angerer beendet Nationalmannschafts-Karriere nach WM". 13 May 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  5. ^ Knight, Matthew (14 January 2015). "Nadine Angerer: The 'nobody' who became belle of the Ballon d'Or". CNN. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
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  8. ^ a b c "NADINE ANGERER" (in German). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Kader 1. FFC Frankfurt" (in German). Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  10. ^ "DFB-Frauen: Angerer wechselt zu Brisbane Roar" Archived 21 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Focus, 14 July 2013 (in German)
  11. ^ "Keeperin Angerer spielt künftig für Brisbane Roar". Stern (in German). 14 July 2013. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Thorns FC sign goalkeeper Nadine Angerer". Portland Timbers. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  13. ^ Thorns FC loan goalkeeper Nadine Angerer to Australian club Brisbane Roar, defender Steph Catley to Melbourne Victory Archived 11 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Portland Thorns FC, 4 September 2014
  14. ^ Gladwell, Ben (13 May 2015). "Nadine Angerer to retire after Women's World Cup". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015.
  15. ^ Sigurdsson, Albert (16 September 2011). "Germany: Angerer the new captain of the national team". Wsoccernews. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  16. ^ Burke, Chris (28 July 2013). "Angerer the hero as Germany make it six in a row". UEFA. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Germany, without injured Kessler, names WC roster". The Equalizer. 24 May 2015. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Watch: Karma strikes France star Claire Lavogez after comically bad dive". Eurosport. 27 June 2015. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Carli Lloyd, USA's rock of ages". FIFA. 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  20. ^ Lauletta, Dan (5 July 2015). "Bassett starts, England beats Germany for 3rd place". The Equalizer. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Achievements". Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Angerer bekennt sich zu Männern und Frauen". Die Zeit. 2 December 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  24. ^ Talea de Freese (23 November 2016). "Nadine Angerer: Die WM-Heldin hat geheiratet – aber nicht im Brautkleid!". (in German). Retrieved 5 October 2019.

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