Brisbane Roar men’s coach Mike Mulvey says Nadine Angerer’s success in claiming the FIFA women’s player of the year is a boost to the whole club.
Brisbane men’s coach Mike Mulvey says Roar W-League goalkeeper Nadine Angerer winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or as the women’s world player of the year is a boost to the whole club.
The German international, who joined the Roar ahead of this summer’s W-League competition, was given the highest personal accolade in the sport during the official awards ceremony in Zurich.
Angerer, 35, won the award after leading Germany to the European Championship – saving two penalties in the final – and subsequently being named UEFA’s best women’s player.
“It’s an unbelievable honour to receive, the best female player in the world, congratulations,” Mulvey said.
“It puts the club on the world stage. That’s a FIFA event and Brisbane Roar’s name has been mentioned at the event.
“That’s unprecedented in Australian football and it’s taken a female player to do it. It’s fantastic news and just shows how strong the female game is.”
Angerer finished on 612 points ahead of last year’s winner American Abby Wambach (539) and five-time Brazilian winner Marta (493).
“I have to say that I’m a little surprised, but very thankful,” Angerer said.
“I have to thank everybody that voted for me and I just want to pay my respects to Marta and Abby who have had an incredible year too.”
The FIFA Ballon d’Or is voted by national team coaches and captains and selected international media representatives.
Angerer will return to Australia later in the week, ahead of the Roar’s W-League away match against Sydney FC on Sunday and next week’s double-header with the club’s A-League team at Suncorp Stadium.