Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Germany cancels game in wake of Enke suicide [VIDEO]
by Mike Woitalla, November 12th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[GERMANY] The suicide of German goalkeeper Robert Enke, who was a teammate of American defender Steve Cherundolo at Hannover 96, has prompted the German soccer federation to cancel its friendly game against Chile on Saturday in Cologne. Enke left an apologetic suicide note before stepping in front of a train moving at 100 mph.

The 32-year-old, who had a chance to be Germany's starting goalkeeper at next summer's World Cup, suffered from depression.

"When he was acutely depressive it was a very difficult time because he lacked motivation and any hope of improvement," Enke's wife Teresa said at a news conference. "I tried to be there for him. I said soccer is not everything, there are many beautiful things in life, it is not hopeless."

She said that Enke, who had undergone therapy, tried to keep his depression a secret.

"It is crazy because now it is coming out anyway," she said. "We thought we could do everything and we could do it with love but you can't always do it."

In September of 2006, Enke's daughter, Lara, died of a rare heart malfunction at age 2. He and Teresa later adopted a baby girl, Leila, who is 8 months old. "He was scared of losing Leila if his depression came out," said Teresa.

Enke played eight times for the German national team and finally became a first-choice candidate when Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann -- the top two for nearly a decade - finished their national team careers.

But Enke recenlty suffered two significant setbacks - a finger injury and an intestinal infection. His suicide came within a month of returning to action for Hannover.

More than 30,000 Hannover fans attended a memorial at the team's AWD-Arena.

German national team manager Oliver Bierhoff broke down in tears while explaining at a press conference that the team would not be playing its game against Chile on Saturday. A decision made after a meeting of coaches and players.

"It was clear to everyone that we could not play," said German soccer federation chief Theo Zwanziger. "We need time to process all this."

Enke played for Borussia Moenchengladbach and had stints abroad with Barcelona, Fenerbahce and Tenerife before returning to the Bundesliga in 2004 to join Hannover 96, for which he played 164 games.

Highlights of Robert Enke's playing career:



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Danny Cruz    
"This wasn't an easy decision. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my ...
id2 all-stars tie, lose in first matches in Buenos Aires    
The id2 all-stars, U.S. Club Soccer's touring under-14 selection, played to a 3-3 tie with Velez ...
Moreno scores in Tijuana's Copa MX victory    
U.S. U-20 forward Amando Moreno has yet to play for Tijuana in its charge to the ...
Former MLS players dominate MLS coaching ranks    
The first 19 MLS titles have been won by 12 coaches. Six of the 20 current ...
D.C. United wins second leg but loses CCL series    
Needing a three-goal victory to advance in the Concacaf Champions League, D.C. United came up short ...
MLS CBA deal: who got what? who gave up what?    
An agreement in principle was reached between MLS and the MLS Players Union early Wednesday evening ...
What They're Saying: NBA player Luol Deng    
"We played with balls made of socks, or put a towel over a balloon and wrapped ...
What They're Saying: MLS fan Jon Fish    
"It's just a little nudge from the fans to the league and the players' union, 'Hey ...
Video Pick: How Messi and Neymar warm up     
Lionel Messi and Neymar entertain even before the game. Here's a 30-second glimpse of them warming ...
Three takeaways from USA-Norway    
Carli Lloyd once again flashed her goalscoring prowess to rally the USA from a 1-0 deficit ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives