FIFA World Player of the Year returns to Brisbane

Reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Nadine Angerer will play another season in the Westfield W-League with Brisbane Roar announcing the Germany captain has returned to the club for the 2014/15 campaign.

Arguably the biggest name to feature in Australia’s top women’s football competition, Angerer has been playing for Portland Thorns in the US’s National Women's Soccer League since the end of the Westfield W-League 2013/14 season and has also announced she will return to Oregon after this year’s Australian campaign as well.

The first goalkeeper to win the FIFA World’s Player of the Year award, last year’s UEFA Player of the Year, a two-time FIFA World Cup winner with also five UEFA European Championships to her name, Angerer’s remarkable career highlights speak for themselves.

Brisbane Roar Head Coach Belinda Wilson was ecstatic to have retained the services of the experienced custodian ahead of the seventh edition of the Westfield W-League.

“It’s fantastic that as a club, we were able to succeed in bringing Nadine back to Brisbane,” Wilson said.

“Last season, her leadership qualities on and off the pitch enhanced the qualities we had within our squad and we now have a great understanding of her expectations here in Brisbane.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Nadine back and seeing what more she can bring to Brisbane Roar.”

With Angerer on national team duty for the first two rounds of the Westfield W-League, the 35-year-old will be back with the Brisbane Roar squad ahead of the club’s Season Launch and round three match against Newcastle Jets on Saturday, 27 September.

Today’s announcement is the first squad announcement for Wilson’s side this season with details of the full squad to be released over the coming days.

Brisbane Roar kick off their Westfield W-League 2014/15 campaign away to Perth Glory on Sunday, 14 September before their first home match of the season on Sunday, 21 September against traditional rivals Sydney FC at Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre.