Birgit Prinz

      25. Oktober 1977, Frankfurt am Main


      1992–1998 FSV Frankfurt
      1998–2002 1. FFC Frankfurt
      2002 Carolina Courage
      2002–2011 1. FFC Frankfurt
      2012–2013 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

      Deutsche Meisterin: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008
      DFB-Pokalsiegerin: 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011
      UEFA Women’s Cup-Siegerin: 2002, 2006, 2008

      National Team:
      214 caps (128 goals)
      Weltmeisterin: 2003, 2007
      Vize-Weltmeisterin: 1995
      Europameisterin: 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009
      Olympische Bronzemedaille: 2000, 2004, 2008

      The three-time World Footballer of the Year can look back on an unrivalled career. She played for her country 214 times across a period of almost 17 years, competing in five World Cups and four Olympics and winning the European Championship on each of her five appearances at the tournament. Prinz featured in three World Cup finals, lifting the trophy in 2003 and 2007.

      Scoring goals was her speciality. She notched 128 for Germany and over 200 (strangely enough, no one kept an exact record) in the Bundesliga. Nobody will care less about the precise tally than Prinz, however. Being in the limelight was not her thing. It upset her to see her teammates cast in her shadow. Yet the nine-time Bundesliga winner and eight-time German Footballer of the Year was inevitably the focus of attention on account of her outstanding performances. The attempt by the president of Italian top-division club AC Perugia to sign her for the men's Serie A team in 2003 only compounded that fact. For many years, Prinz was synonymous with the success of German women's football. The DFB eventually named her honorary captain of the national team alongside Bettina Wiegmann.

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