Brisbane Roar W-League goalkeeper and FIFA Ballon d’Or nominee Nadine Angerer says her high profile won’t add any extra pressure as she readies herself for her W-League debut against Canberra United this weekend.
The 34 year old Angerer is the most decorated player to ever grace the W-League as the competition prepares to commence its sixth season.
The German national team goalkeeper was recently honoured as UEFA Female Footballer of the Year, in addition to her two FIFA Women’s World Cups wins, five European Women’s Championship titles and three Olympic medals.
Angerer admitted her move to Australia raised some eyebrows in her homeland where the W-League still remains relatively unknown.
“They were kind of smiling,” Angerer said of the reaction. “They were like ‘we know you’re going to Australia for a vacation’.”
“They don’t understand why I went here, but they don’t have to understand. I have my reasons why I came here. I totally think the league is not bad at all. I think most of the people in Europe underestimate the league here.”
She further clarified: “I think most people have this picture in their mind that it’s a surfer country, it’s like a party country. They have no idea about Australian soccer.”
“First of all they should come, see some games and then they can have their opinion.”
Roar are considered one of the front-runners for the W-League title this season, with Angerer set to compliment Matildas stars Claire Polkinghorne, Tameka Butt, Amy Chapman and Elise Kellond-Knight in the Brisbane squad.
A confident and assured Angerer said it was her aim to “win the league” this year.
“I don’t know that much about the teams here but I know my team and I think we are a good team.”
“I can’t win anything alone. It’s really the key of success – you can only win if you’re good as a team.”
Angerer is one of several imports who will grace the W-League this year, with this weekend’s opponents, Canberra United, boasting a trio of Americans in Lori Lindsay, Stephanie Ochs and Kendall Fletcher in their squad.
Angerer said she was looking forward to locking horns with Lindsay following previous meetings at the international level.
“I’ve played a few times against her when the German national team played against the US national team. I think she is a very good player.”
“There’s a few from foreign countries coming to Australia and it shows that the league is getting more and more respect,” Angerer added.
Angerer’s nationality and high profile have seen her compared to Roar’s Teutonic talisman Thomas Broich. And, like her fellow German, Angerer is also the subject of a film documenting her move to Australia.
“They are going to make a documentary about me. They followed me from Germany coming here, they got to know the team and everything.”
“They stayed with me for one week, they followed me around like every day, every hour. And then of course, they wanted to meet Thomas as well because we are both Germans.”
Angerer said her fellow countrymen had also passed on some tips on how to deal with the unforgiving Queensland sunshine.
“Thomas said, ‘I’ll give you good advice – drink a lot before breakfast, don’t underestimate the heat,’ she relayed.
Roar kick-off their W-League campaign against perennial title challengers Canberra United this Saturday at AJ Kelly Park in Redcliffe, just north of Brisbane. Kick-off is scheduled for 3PM.