- Christiane Endler is one of 23 candidates in the running for the 2022 FIFA FIFPRO Women's World 11
- If elected, Chilean goalkeeper will be the first in her position to achieve this three times
- FIFPRO outlines why she is on the list of 23 finalists thanks to the vote of her peers
Christiane Endler may go down in the history of the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 thanks to her great season in 2021/22. The Chilean goalkeeper, who plays for Olympique Lyonnais, has a chance of becoming the first player in her position to be chosen three times in the team of the year.
Tiane, as she is known in the football world, has the accolade in her sights as she is one of the 23 players who received the most votes from her fellow professionals and is on the shortlist for the best women’s team of 2022.
Endler is in the running for the World 11 goalkeeper spot alongside fellow stoppers Mary Earps (Manchester United, England) and Sandra Panos (Barcelona, Spain).
The 2021/22 season
After an outstanding 2020/21 season, which earned her The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper award at the beginning of 2022, Endler moved from Paris Saint-Germain to Olympique Lyonnais. The change brought her even more titles.
Endler was once again a French League champion (with the fewest goals conceded), won the French Super Cup and achieved European glory with victory in the Champions League, where she conceded just seven goals in 10 matches and was voted goalkeeper of the tournament.
The Chilean is the fourth South American women’s player to win both the highest European club competition and the South American Copa Libertadores (after Marta, Rosana and Cristiane from Brazil).
These successes are all the sweeter for Endler given she had to have surgery for a meniscus tear in her right knee at the height of the season. Endler was playing again after five weeks when the forecasts said she would be out for at least two months.
Individual achievements 2021/22
- Best goalkeeper in the Women’s Champions League
- Best goalkeeper in the French League
- UNFP award for the best goalkeeper in the French Women’s League
- Member of the UNFP best women’s team
- Best Chilean women’s player of 2022
Endler in the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11
Endler has the great distinction of being in the running to become a member of the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 for the third time. If she manages to be chosen for the 2022 team, the Chilean will have achieved her record in three consecutive years – a demonstration of her consistency and effectiveness at the top.
And it could have been four, had it not been for the fact that in 2019 she came second in the voting for her position, behind Sari van Veenendaal of the Netherlands.
As a result of her World 11 debut in 2020, she became the first South American goalkeeper to attain the honour.
Hope Solo, the former USA star, is the only stopper up to now who shares with Endler the privilege of having made two appearances in the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11.
“Coming from South America is not easy, we are very behind in women’s football. We are so far from Europe or other countries that develop the game so well. Coming from there is harder, you know you will have to fight more for being heard, being known.”— by Christiane Endler
The football world talks about Endler
"Endler is the best female goalkeeper in the world. When I look at keepers I don’t just analyse their skill at stopping shots, which she does superbly, but also their ability to make their team-mates believe they can achieve great things."
Hope Solo, former USA goalkeeper
"She is someone who is very calm in goal and for us defenders, it’s important to have that calmness to win matches, and not concede goals. When she speaks, she does so in a composed way. She is an all-round keeper."
Wendie Renard, captain of Olympique Lyonnais and France
"What she’s done is tremendous. I’m very glad because it will also help a lot of girls who dream of being there and having the career she’s having."
Claudio Bravo, Chilean goalkeeper and Copa America champion 2015 & 2016
When will the 2022 FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 be known?
The 2022 FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 will be made known at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022, to be held in Paris on Monday 27 February.
It will be made up of the 11 players – out of the 23 who made it to the final list – who receive the highest number of votes in their position.