Nadine Angerer’s international women’s football career highlights

Germany’s 1-0 defeat in extra time in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 match for third place against England was to be their goalkeeper and captain Nadine Angerer’s last appearance for the national team.

The long serving German international goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer earned 146 caps for her country and has had an incredibly successful career.

To Nadine Angerer: We thank you for all the great moments you have given us throughout your career, the work you have done to raise the profile of our game both in Germany and abroad, we applaud your historic achievements and we wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Please enjoy below Nadine Angerer’s international career highlights courtesy of DFB (View source).

First international: Nadine Angerer made her DFB-debut on 18th September 1996, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 victory over Iceland. At the time she was 17 years, ten months and eight days old.

First tournament: At the age of 18, Nadine Angerer took part in her first European Championship. The 1997 EURO will be the first of seven major tournaments that Angerer will view from the bench. She was also the replacement keeper at the 1999 and 2003 World Cups, the 2001 and 2005 European Championships and the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

A return to her days as a striker: On March 6th 2001 in a game with China, Germany coach Tina Theune gave all players the chance to play at least 45 minutes in the build-up to the EUROs. The entire bench was swept empty at half time, except for Nadine Angerer. When Jeannette Götte was then forced to be brought off due to an injury, Angerer entered the pitch as a striker, which had been her preferred position before she started to play as a keeper.

Her 25th international: Nadine Angerer celebrated her first small milestone on March 4th 2003, making her 25th international appearance in a friendly against China in preparation for the World Cup in the United States.

The ultimatum: Ten years after making her debut, Nadine Angerer set a deadline for herself: Be the No.1 at the 2007 World Cup in China. Seven major tournaments on the bench are enough for her. In the end she is given the trust of national team coach Silvia Neid and becomes a regular for Germany at the age of 29.

The clean sheet: Nadine Angerer made history at the 2007 World Cup in China, conceding zero goals throughout the entire competition. In the final against Brazil she kept out a penalty from Women’s World Player of the Year Marta. While she already was a World Champion and a three time European Champion at the time, this was her first tournament where she contributed to the success with great performances on the pitch.

The fun begins: Although Nadine Angerer was already one of the older players in Germany’s 2007 World Cup squad, her fun times have really just begun with the German national team. For eight years she holds the undisputed No1 spot and plays in three World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015), two European Championships (2009, 2013) and in the 2008 Olympic Games. In this time, she accumulates almost 100 national team appearances.

Her 100th international: Nadine Angerer joined the 100-Club on June 30th 2011, when Germany recorded a hard-fought over 1-0 victory against Nigeria in Frankfurt during the home World Cup. Nine days later the DFB Team suffered a quarterfinal defeat against eventual World Champions Japan.

The skipper: After the 2011 World Cup and the stepping down of Birgit Prinz, Nadine Angerer assumed the captaincy of Germany’s national team. On September 17th 2011 she leads the DFB Team onto the pitch for the first time as the skipper.

The first: After winning the 2013 European Championships, Nadine Angerer is presented with various awards. Among them is “Europe’s Women’s Football Player of the Year” and “Women’s World Player of the Year”, which had never been won by a keeper before.

The end: On July 4th 2015 Nadine Angerer ended her national team career at the age of 36 years, seven months and 24 days. She spent more than half her life, 18 years, nine months and 16 days, belonging to the DFB Team. She is not only the oldest player ever to play for Germany’s Women’s national team, but also the player who had the longest DFB Team career.

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