- Name: Ann-Katrin Berger
- DOB: 9/10/1990 – Age 29
- Place of Birth: Goppingen, Germany
- Height: 1.80m (5 ft 11 in)
- Current Squad: Chelsea Women and Germany
Ann-Katrin Berger began her footballing career at the age of four when she began playing football at KSG Eislingen. As a teenager, she moved on to play for FV Faurndau and in 2007, she moved up to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg, the fifth tier in German football. A year later in 2008, Berger moved to the second division side, VfL Sindelfingen
In the summer of 2011, Berger signed a three-year contract with 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in the Frauen-Bundesliga, the top division in Germany and she made her debut for the club on 21 August 2011. She made five appearances for the club during the 2011/2012 season playing a total of 450 minutes which included 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam winning the Bundesliga that season. Berger was the starting goalkeeper in three of Potsdam’s 2011–12 UEFA Women’s Champions League matches helping the squad earn wins against teams such as Glasgow City F.C.
Ann-Katrin signed for Paris Saint-Germain in June 2014 where she played 22 matches in all competitions during her two year spell at the club. In June 2016, she then made a move to Birmingham City where she made a total of 24 appearances for the club.
In November 2017 whilst playing for Birmingham City, Ann-Katrin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. During her battle with thyroid cancer, Berger always kept the desire to continue playing football at a top level and that belief helped her to overcome the cancer. On the 4th of February 2018, just a remarkable 61 days after her operation to get rid of her cancer, Berger made her first appearance since being diagnosed in the Fourth Round of the 2017/18 FA Women’s Cup in an away match against Reading. Birmingham won 1–0.
With her strong determination, she had a brilliant season which as a result led to Berger being included in the PFA Team of the Year Award. Inspiring. Ann-Katrin continued her strong return in 2018, helping Birmingham City to a fourth-place finish in the 2018–19 FA WSL season. In November 2018 due to her impressive return, Berger received her first call-up to the German national at the age of 27.
On the 4th of January 2019, Chelsea signed Berger from Birmingham City with a contract running till 2022. Since signing for Chelsea in 2019, Berger has been a huge part of the success at the club, sharing goalkeeping duties with Carly Telford. In the time she has been at Chelsea, Berger has won the FA League Cup where she won POTM, FA Women’s Super League, and most recently, the Community Shield.
Berger has made 15 appearances since she joined Chelsea and has played in some very important games, including: the League Cup Final, Community Shield Final, and in the Champions League. In February this year, Berger made a very important save against Manchester City to help Chelsea earn a valuable point which ultimately saw the Club win the WSL last season.
Berger had big shoes to fill in after Hedvig Lindhal departed the Club, and it’s fair to say that the German juggernaut has definitely impressed all, including manager Emma Hayes who picks her regularly to start games.
Berger is a goal keeper with many positive attributes which include:
- Decisive and quick thinking during crucial moments
- Excellent record with saving penalties
- Very strong hands to withstand difficult shots
- Able to get down low quickly and make saves in tight corners.
The German international has had a distinguished career to date, which on top of the many fine performances she has delivered, has also included some fine honours. These include:
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2. Birmingham City
Women’s FA Cup: runner-up: 2016–17
3. Chelsea Football Club
FA Women’s Super League: 2019–20
FA Women’s League Cup: 2019–20
Women’s FA Community Shield: 2020
Written By: Meg Aherne
Edited By: Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)