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Goalkeeper Catalina Pérez embodies many of the qualities that make Colombia so strong as they make it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup against England. He will soon play with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

Nadine Angerer is now back at home in Portland, but of course the two-time world champion and five-time European champion is keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Australia and New Zealand. After all, the 44-year-old belongs to the technical working group that studies developments in the women’s World Cup.

And Angerer can already say something: “First of all, my most important finding is that their goalkeeping performance has gotten incredibly good.” Where there used to be weakness, now there is strength.

Foreigners Colombia set a good example before the quarterfinals against England (Saturday, 09:00 / live ZDF). Like regular surfers at Bondi Beach, Catalina Pérez rides a wave throughout the tournament. On reckoning with the European champions at Sydney’s Olympic Park, he says:

We want to present our nation in the best way possible.

Catalina Pérez, Colombian national goalkeeper

Pérez was educated in the USA

The 28-year-old embodies much of what makes this homogeneous unit strong. Enthusiasm, dedication, passion and temperament. The ball continues to move even when the opponent is on the court. “I can’t stay still,” he says. The devout goalkeeper once said that before the game he always tries to connect with God.

He owes most of his skills to his training in US football. Although he was born in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, his family immigrated to the United States when he was four years old.

Like many girls, she developed a weakness for football at an early age, which combined perfectly with high school and college.

Popp as a great role model

Meanwhile, the 2010 U20 World Cup held in Germany was to be an awakening experience for Pérez at the age of 15, sitting on the bench in Colombia and admiring Alexandra Popp, who at the time set benchmarks with the German youth. However, the balance of power was reversed.

Not Germany, Colombia is now challenging the European champions. Thousands of Australians will once again cheer for ‘Cafeterias’.

This place feels like home, this support means a lot to us.

Catalina Pérez, Colombian national goalkeeper

Pérez claimed this after a shaky victory in the round of 16 against Jamaica (1-0) in the ZDF. There was a special reason why he kindly said “thank you” after the interview.

Full-length group game:

Pérez will soon support Werder Bremen

His contract with Betis Sevilla has expired and he will soon play for Werder Bremen. The women’s Bundesliga team only recently made its commitment public, while it is unpredictable what kind of success story the goalkeeper will help shape.

It goes without saying that Werder coach Thomas Horsch watches television closely these days. He recently had a video call with the newcomer, whom he praises as a “strong personality”.

It was important for us to sign a goalkeeper with an aggressive personality who should also be a true haven of peace. This position permeates the entire team.

Werder Bremen Women’s National Team Coach Thomas Horsch

The 54-year-old player, who used to work as an amateur level goalkeeper, also explained the reasons for this commitment. He likes “positive, bold body language”: Pérez constantly challenges his teammates.

Competition from Switzerland awaits Pérez in Bremen

But there’s no guarantee that one of Colombia’s new national heroes will find a regular spot in Bremen. Due to the departure of Anneke Borbe (VfL Wolfsburg) and Lena Pauels (Benfica Lisbon), Werder has signed Swiss national goalkeeper Livia Peng. The 21-year-old, unused to the World Cup, will soon inherit the immortal Gaëlle Thalmann in “Nati”.

It goes without saying that the Swiss player also hopes for match practice, Horsch describes the race for first place quite frankly: “We have been watching both goalkeepers for a long time and we are convinced of them.”

Preparations at the Weser have been in full swing for a long time, but Horsch is of course happy to wait for his goalkeeper, who is currently playing the World Cup in front of a huge crowd on the other side of the world.

Source: ZDF

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