While the subject of homosexuality remains taboo in men's football, Germany's veteran goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has revealed she is bisexual as she prepares to win a record third World Cup next year on home soil.
The 32-year-old, who has won 94 caps for Germany and was part of the teams which won both the Women's World Cup in China in 2007 and in the USA in 2003, told Die Zeit she has no preference when it comes to dating men or women.
"I am very open about this, because I am of the opinion there are nice guys and nice women," said the Frankfurt goalkeeper. Besides, I find it totally silly to have a general definition."
While homosexuality in men's football is still a taboo subject, it is discussed far more openly in the women's game.
Germany's reserve goalkeeper Ursula Holl made no secret of her marriage to her girlfriend last summer.
Angerer's revelations come two weeks after Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez told German magazine Bunte that being honest about their sexuality would improve gay players' performance.
"They would play as if they had been liberated," Gomez said. "Being gay should no longer be a taboo topic."
Angerer's coming-out may surprise some fans in football-mad Germany, but she told German daily Bild she had no problems revealing her bisexuality.
"I see no problem for me to come out of the closet," she said, adding she had spent 14 years with the national side.
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