Last name: Angerer
First name: Nadine
Place of birth: Lohr a. Main
– World Champion 2003, 2007
– European Champion 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013
– Olympic Bronze Medal 2000, 2004, 2008
– UEFA Women’s Cup-Winner 2005
– German Champion 2004, 2006
– German Cup Champion 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011
– German Indoor Cup Champion 2004, 2005
– Best Goalkeeper of the FIFA World Cup 2007 (without conceeding a goal in the whole tournament)
– “Silbernes Lorbeerblatt” 2007
– Brandenburgs Sportslady of the year 2007
– 3rd Place at the election of the Sportslady of the year
– 4th Place at the election of the Worlds Best Female Footballer of the year 2008
– Best player of the UEFA European Championships 2013
– European Best Female Footballer of the year 2013
– World’s Best Female Footballer of the year 2013
– to 1995 ASV Hofstetten
– 1995-1996 1. FC Nürnberg
– 1996-1999 FC Wacker München
– 1999-2001 FC Bayern München
– 2001-2007 Turbine Potsdam
– 2008 Djurgarden Damfotboll
– 2009-2013 1. FFC Frankfurt
– since 2013 Brisbane Roar
Interview with Nadine
1) Why do you want to become involved in Africa? Where does your passion come from?
The continent is the one that has fascinated me the most during my travels. My passion origins from one trip I made when I went around South Africa with a backpack for five weeks. I had numerous incredible experiences and after that it was clear – I simply love Africa.
2) What is it that fascinates you about Africa?
I found the diversity of the land very fascinating. The nature is breathtaking and overwhelming – almost dreamlike. The light also feels very special. However, what I found most amazing was the chance to meet with local people. I’ve met so many passionate, proud, courageous and open-minded people during my stay – the culture has simply captivated me.
3) What was your best experience that you have experienced in Africa?
To that there is a little story. It was during on one of my tours in an area where the locals had specifically warned me for “getting lost”. Why? I’ll keep that my secret!
At first – with the warnings in mind – I was very reserved towards the people in the area and their offers of help. I thought: “everyone here is criminal and want to attack me”. BUT, it turned out to be very differently. In my total helplessness, I carefully asked for help. Contrary to my expectations of this action I encountered a long and interesting conversation which ended by a sheep barn – it was amazing. This experience was so surprisingly good that I often think of it. And from it I learned that you cannot judge people, communities, nations or cultures based on what you hear, but that you rather should go there and make up your own mind about it. And by doing so, you can have the most beautiful experiences.
4) Did you have any negative experiences?
Honestly – no. Of course, I was more cautious, or more alert, than in Germany. My general attitude is that you should always respect people no matter what their origin or background is, and that you always should treat them well. Yet, you should follow certain “rules”.
5) You receive many requests for charitable projects. Why did you just decide to work with Football for Worldwide Unity?
In recent years I have been asked many times and with really great deals, but this is the first time that I have felt the heart and “inner fire” behind the work of the organization. I was immediately impressed and inspired by the concept of FFWU.
When I read the request from Sascha Bauer it was immediately clear to me that the leaders of FFWU put their heart and soul into their work. It is important to me and I had never seen a request in this way before.
6) What makes FFWU’s work so special?
It is a perfect mix of social work and sports. I find all of FFWU’s projects exciting and consistently important. I consider it as an indispensable addition to the enthusiasm of sport to achieve social sustainability and to raise awareness about, for example human rights. I believe that the goal of raising awareness about equality, sexuality and contraceptives; and the strengthening of self-esteem – especially among women – is extremely important.
7) What does football mean to you?
Fun, passion, team spirit, respect and a lot of training.
8) What do you think is the most important skill that one can learn on the football field? (Except the technical football skills)
The first thing football creates are incredible fun and happy moments! Players learn to respect and accept their teammates – which encourages the team spirit. Football boosts self-confidence and self esteem. Additionally, the ability to respect and feel empathy towards other people is strengthened.
9) To what extent can we help children in need with football?
This is evident from my previous answer, but most important is the fun, joy and passion. Through football you get the chance to take a break from upsetting thoughts and you can let off steam – which you might not be able to do in “real” life. All other things I mentioned previously come as a consequence of that.
10) What do you think it means for girls and women in a society where there is a strict division of gender roles, to practice football when it is considered a “male sport”?
In Mozambique, the emancipation of women is not yet that advanced, so the women there live a much tougher life than ours. But that’s what I find interesting and makes me determined – this is where football comes in. Through the football the self-esteem and self-determination can be improved and they will become aware of the rights – the rights they already have. However, the first step is to normalize women’s football, and take away the impression of the sport being “male”.
11) As one of the world’s most famous female football players, did you ever have difficulties with practicing the sport? How have you been perceived as a woman in the male-dominated football?
Honestly, I never had any problems. Neither my parents nor my friends found it funny. I would also not understand why I cannot do something that makes me so happy. And up until today I’ve never seen “ONLY for guys” written on any football.
But I am well aware of that there are other examples – especially in other cultures. I was lucky to grow up in a tolerant family and in a tolerant country.
12) How do you think that you can help the projects?
On the one hand, I think I can give the projects more publicity. I would like to draw sponsors’ attention to the organization. I will try to raise funds through various actions, which are urgently needed in order to develop the projects.
On the other hand, it would give me great pleasure to share my football knowledge locally in our project countries.
13) What are your goals while working with Football for Worldwide Unity?
My goal is to ensure that the projects have sponsors and donors permanently secured, both financially and what regards material. And something that is at least as important: I’ve set myself a goal to support my colleagues in FFWU on site in Mozambique and South Africa to be able to share my knowledge and leave my mark by inspiring people to do good through football.