Nadine Angerer has received another plaudit after captaining Germany to UEFA Women's EURO 2013 victory as she was named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.
Angerer, who saved two penalties in the 1-0 final defeat of Norway in Solna last July, topped the vote of national-team captains and coaches and journalists ahead of Tyresö FF striker Marta and United States forward Abby Wambach. The 35-year-old, now at Brisbane Roar and set for a move to Portland Thorns after leaving 1. FFC Frankfurt, claimed the inaugural UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award in September and was named UEFA Women's EURO 2013 player of the tournament.
"I have to say that I'm a little surprised, but very thankful," Angerer said as she collected her latest prize in Zurich. "First of all I have to thank everybody that voted for me. I just want to pay my respects to Marta and Abby who have had an incredible year too.
"You never get a success like this on your own. I have to thank my team-mates and my goalkeeping coach who raised me to a level that I never thought I'd get to. Also I have to thank the people in my private life, I have a great family who have been a great support to me over the years. My friends have also been very supportive to me. Thanks to everybody."
Silvia Neid made it a German double as she was named FIFA Women's Coach of the Year for the second time, having previously taken the award away in 2010. Neid, 49, masterminded Germany's sixth European title in a row with several new names in a young squad. It was her second victory as head coach having been part of all six of their previous wins as player or assistant.
"It is an incredible feeling to win this award there are a lot of people who have been working with me behind the scenes," she said. "The team have been incredible. The players, the backroom staff: without their contribution I wouldn't be standing here today. I feel blessed to work with the talent that I have been given over this last 12 months. It is a great reward for me and a great reward for German women's football."
Neid finished ahead of VfL Wolfsburg's UEFA Women's Champions League-winning coach Ralf Kellermann and Sweden's Pia Sundhage, who took the 2012 honour.
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