Nadine Angerer to retire after Women's World Cup
Nadine Angerer, Germany's No. 1 goalkeeper, said Wednesday she will end her international playing career after this summer's Women's World Cup in Canada.
The Portland Thorns FC keeper, 36, will fulfill her contract in the National Women's Soccer League through the playoffs in September before retiring.
"I'm top fit and could play on at the highest level for two or three more years given my physical condition," Angerer said in a statement from the German Soccer Federation (DFB). "I think it's amazing still to be able to say, after almost 20 years in competitive sport: my body's feeling really good.
"But it was also important for me to decide when I was going to call it a day and not to have the end of my career determined by an injury or for somebody else to decide for me."
Angerer picked up her first Germany cap on Aug. 27, 1996, and has appeared 138 times between the posts for her national team. During that time, she has won two World Cups and four European Championships.
Since September 2011, Angerer has been Germany's captain, after Birgit Prinz retired. She will lead her nation out in Canada this summer for the last time. Germany opens the World Cup against Ivory Coast on June 7 in Ottawa.
"My mind is made up and that is why I wanted to announce it before the World Cup, so that everything's clear," Angerer continued. "It is not going to have any influence on my performances or the performances of my team -- and if it does, then it will only be positive."
After pinning her gloves to the wall, Angerer plans to take a year getting to know different areas of the game, such as studying for a coaching license.
"Natze is an extraordinary player and a special person. She has always been somebody I could trust," German coach Silvia Neid said. "I do think it is a shame that she will be retiring after the World Cup, but I can understand her decision. She is extremely important for our team and an absolute lead figure and a great captain, who has a great way of bringing on the younger players in her unique way.
"I am certain that she's going to go into the World Cup highly motivated."