No sooner had Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer arrived in Zurich, than she sat down with FIFA.com for a short interview. The 30-year-old, one of five players in the running for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2008 award, had this to say ahead of the big event: "I'm delighted to be in the last five, and also very proud. What's great this time around is that a goalkeeper has been nominated. It's a position that is often overlooked."
Though the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup winner was on sparkling form all last year, she missed out on the main prize last summer in Beijing, where Germany were defeated in the semi-final of the Olympic Football Tournament by Brazil. It is a defeat which has made the team all the more determined to defend their European title this year. "It will be tough," she says. "You can't coast your way to victory in the European Championship any more. The teams are closer to one another than ever before in terms of the standard of play, but we still stand a pretty good chance."
The big target on the horizon however is Germany 2011, when the country will host its first ever FIFA Women's World Cup, and Angerer is hoping that the tournament will go down in the annals just like the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. "The whole country is looking forward to it," she says. "It'll be a positive event and hopefully there will be a real party atmosphere."
Angerer already has 13 trophies to her name, making her the most successful German goalkeeper of all time, though she hopes there are many more still to come. "If I carry on the way I have been, I'll be happy with that, but there is always room for improvement, so I'll keep on pushing myself hard."
Don't miss the full video interview with Nadine Angerer, available shortly on FIFA.com