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Ann-Katrin Berger

BIOGRAPHY

The 28-year-old goalkeeper joined from Birmingham City Women in January 2019 where she played for two-and-a-half years. She has signed a contract with Chelsea until May 2022.

Berger, who is a dominant keeper and fine shot-stopper, started her senior career at German second-tier side Sindelfingen before earning a move to top-flight Turbine Potsdam in the summer of 2011.

She played five league games as Turbine Potsdam won the Frauen Bundesliga in 2011/12, and that year she also featured in the Women’s Champions League for the first time. By 2013, she had established herself as the east German side’s number one goalkeeper.

The following summer she signed for Paris Saint-Germain where she remained for two campaigns, during which time the French giants finished runners-up in the Champions League as well as twice coming second domestically.

Berger was on the move again in 2016, joining WSL side Birmingham. We witnessed her class first-hand in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final, when she made 11 saves and a further one from the penalty spot to deny Millie Bright as Birmingham beat us on spot-kicks following a 1-1 draw.

In November 2017, Berger was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but recovered within four months and subsequently played the best football of her life. She kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win away to Reading in her first game back, and finished the campaign by being named in the PFA Women’s Team of the Year. She was also named the WSL 1 Players’ Player of the Year, alongside Man City’s Jill Scott.

In the 2018/19 season she kept nine clean sheets for Birmingham in all competitions before joining the Blues in the January transfer window. In November 2018 she received her first-ever call-up to the German national side.

Berger had a commanding performance against her former club PSG at Kingsmeadow in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final which ended 2-0. Her fine performance denied the French sides’ attacking prowess which helped put the Blues in a strong position going into the away fixture. 

In November 2017, Berger was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but recovered within four months and subsequently played the best football of her life. She kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win away to Reading in her first game back, and finished the campaign by being named in the PFA Women’s Team of the Year. She was also named the WSL 1 Players’ Player of the Year, alongside Man City’s Jill Scott.

This season she has already kept nine clean sheets for Birmingham in all competitions. She leaves them in fourth place in the WSL 1 table, on the same number of points as Chelsea. In November she received her first-ever call-up to the German national side.