Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was named the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year on Monday just hours after announcing she had signed with Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. She beat out the United States’ Abby Wambach – the 2012 winner – and Brazil’s Marta, who won the award five straight times from 2006-2010.
Among the 147 national team coaches, 146 captains and 88 media members, Angerer grabbed 612 points, while Wambach claimed 539 points and Marta earned 439 points.
Angerer’s shining moment came in the Euro 2013 final, in which she stopped two penalty kicks in a 1-0 win over Norway. She is the first goalkeeper to ever win the award.
Once her short stint with Brisbane Roar in Australia ends in February, Angerer will join Portland for the 2014 NWSL season.
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