Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

  • Limited 12-hour humanitarian truce takes effect in Gaza

    Read more

  • French PM calls for calm ahead of banned Gaza protest

    Read more

  • Video: 'Lack of security' at MH17 crash site, FRANCE 24 reports

    Read more

  • In pictures: Devastation, debris at Air Algérie crash site

    Read more

  • Kerry due in Paris for new round of Gaza ceasefire talks

    Read more

  • Washington Post reporter and his wife arrested in Iran

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Lithuania’s Navardauskas wins 19th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Fans electrify the mood as Tour de France crosses the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

Sport

Germany’s Angerer wins women's Ballon d’Or 2013

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-14

German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or, one of the most prestigious honours in football, at a ceremony in the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday evening. Angerer was one of three women up for the title.

"I have to say that I'm a little surprised, but very thankful. 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,” Angerer said, before thanking her teammates and coaches.

Angerer was nominated for the award alongside American forward Abby Wambach and Brazilian forward Marta Vieira da Silva, who is simply known as “Marta”. Despite the fact that the three women have been overshadowed by their male counterparts in the run-up to the Ballon d’Or, they have all led sterling careers, scooping up an impressive number of honours and records along the way.

Wambach, who won the 2012 Ballon d’Or, was largely favoured to take home the award again this year. The 33 year-old had a beautiful 2013 season, scoring 11 goals in 19 matches. A native of Rochester, New York, Wambach moved closer to home to play with the Western New York Flash for its inaugural season, leading the team to the finals of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which it ultimately lost 2-0 to the Portland Thorns.

Already a celebrity at home, Wambach made history on June 20 when she struck four goals against South Korea while playing for the US Women’s National Team to become the leading goal scorer in women’s international football. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, having played for the US in both the 2004 and 2012 Games.

Meanwhile Marta, 27, who is known as the “Pelé in skirts,” has won the title of FIFA’s best women’s player five consecutive times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This past year, however, was not her best season, with her Swedish club Tyreso only making it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Angerer, however, clearly proved herself to be one of the world’s best players over the past year. The 35 year old was largely credited with leading her team to a 1-0 victory over Norway at the Euro 2013 finals after saving two penalties. The amazing feat did not go unnoticed, and the UEFA named Angerer best player of the tournament. The 2013 Ballon d’Or adds another trophy to her collection.

Date created : 2014-01-13

  • FOOTBALL

    The other Ballon d’Or: Abby, Nadine or Marta?

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Ronaldo wins men’s Ballon d’Or 2013

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Ribery, Messi and Ronaldo on Ballon d’Or shortlist

    Read more

COMMENT(S)