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Birgit Prinz (born 25 October 1977) is a German retired footballer, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year. In addition to the German national team, Prinz played for 1. FFC Frankfurt in the Frauen-Bundesliga as well as the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the first professional women's league in the United States. Prinz remains one of the game's most prolific strikers and is the second FIFA Women's World Cup all-time leading scorer with 14 goals (second only to Marta from Brazil). On 12 August 2011, she announced the end of her active career.[3] She currently works as a sport psychologist for the men's and women's teams of 1. Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[4]

Birgit Prinz
Birgit Prinz.jpg
Prinz with Germany in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-10-25) 25 October 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1986–1988 SV Dörnigheim FC
1988–1992 FC Hochstadt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 FSV Frankfurt 57 (45)
1998–2002 1. FFC Frankfurt 76 (78)
2002–2003 Carolina Courage 35 (23)
2003–2011 1. FFC Frankfurt 114 (136)
Total 282 (282)
National team
1994–2011 Germany 214 (128)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:09, 2 November 2013 (UTC)[2]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2011 (UTC))[1]

Contents

CareerEdit

ClubEdit

Prinz began her career at SV Dörnigheim FC. She made her Bundesliga debut for FSV Frankfurt, where she played from 1993 to 1998. During that time Prinz won two Bundesliga titles and two German Cups. In 1997 and 1998 she was the Bundesliga top scorer. In 1998, she moved to local rivals 1. FFC Frankfurt, where she has had her biggest success at club level. In 13 seasons at the club, Prinz won six Bundesliga and eight German Cup titles. She also won the Bundesliga top-scorer award twice more in 2001 and 2007. Prinz won the UEFA Women's Cup three times with Frankfurt, in the 2001–02, 2005–06 and 2007–08 seasons. She also reached the final in 2004, but lost to the Swedish side Umeå IK.[1]

For two seasons, Prinz joined Carolina Courage in the professional women's league WUSA in the United States. During her short stint in America she claimed the 2002 WUSA Championship. After the 2003 World Cup, Prinz declined an offer from AC Perugia to play in Italy's men's Serie A, fearing her transfer would be used as a publicity stunt and she would end up on the bench.[5]

In her time at FFC Frankfurt, Prinz won many personal awards, including a record eight German Female Footballer of the Year awards from 2001 to 2008.[6] She was named the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. For four consecutive years from 2007 to 2010 she came second, behind Brazil's Marta.[7]

InternationalEdit

At the age of 16, Prinz made her debut for Germany's national team in July 1994 against Canada. She came on after 72 minutes and scored the game-winner in the 89th minute.[8] One year later, she won her first major title at the 1995 European Championship, scoring in the final. In the same year, she was named to Germany's squad for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, where they lost to Norway in the final match.[1] She remains the youngest player ever to appear in a World Cup Final.[8]

For the next decade, Prinz had one of the most successful international careers in women's football. She won four more UEFA European Championships in 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009. At the Summer Olympics she won bronze three times with the German team, in 2000, 2004 and 2008. At the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, Prinz helped Germany win its first World Cup title in the women's game. She was honoured as the tournament's best player and top-scorer. Prinz became the women's national team captain at the end of 2003, and remained until her retirement. Four years later, at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, she captained the team to Germany's second World Cup title; she was awarded the Silver Ball as the second-best player at the tournament.[1]

Prinz holds several national and international records. With 14 goals, she is the second all-time leading goalscorer at FIFA Women's World Cups. From 2008 until 2012, Prinz and Brazil's Cristiane both held the tournament record of 10 goals at the Summer Olympics, although Cristiane has now surpassed Prinz. For the German national team Prinz appeared 214 times and scored 128 goals, and is the team's most capped player and top goalscorer.[1]

Statistics at World Cup and Olympic TournamentsEdit

Prinz competed in five FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995, USA 1999, USA 2003, China 2007; and Germany 2011; and four Olympics: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008. Altogether she played in 43 matches and scored 24 goals at those nine global tournaments.[9] With Germany, Prinz is a two-time world champion from USA 2003 and China 2007, and a runner-up from Sweden 1995, as well as a three-time bronze medalist from Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

Goal Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
  Sweden 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup Final
1 1995-06-05[m 1] Karlstad   Japan {{{4}}}.

on 65' (off Tecklenburg)

1–0 W

Group stage
2 1995-06-07[m 2] Helsingborg   Sweden {{{4}}}.

on 57' (off Brocker)

2–3 L

Group stage
1 3 1995-06-09[m 3] Karlstad   Brazil Start 5 1–0

6–1 W

Group stage
4 1995-06-13[m 4] Västerås   England {{{4}}}.

off 67' (on Brocker)

3–0 W

Quarter-final
5 1995-06-15[m 5] Helsingborg   China PR {{{4}}}.

off 83' (on Wunderlich)

1–0 W

Semifinal
6 1995-06-18[m 6] Solna   Norway {{{4}}}.

off 42' (on Brocker)

0–2 L

Final
  Atlanta 1996 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
7 1996-07-21[m 7] Birmingham, AL   Japan {{{4}}}.

on 53' (off Brocker)

3–2 W

Group match
2 8 1996-07-23[m 8] Washington, D.C.   Norway {{{4}}}.

on 52' (off Brocker)

62 2–2

2–3 L

Group match
9 1996-07-25[m 9] Birmingham, AL   Brazil {{{4}}}.

on 42' (off Brocker)

1–1 D

Group match
  USA 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
10 1999-06-20[m 10] Los Angeles   Italy Start

1–1 D

Group match
11 1999-06-24[m 11] Portland, OR   Mexico {{{4}}}.

off 75' (on Mueller)

6–0 W

Group match
3 12 1999-06-27[m 12] Washington, D.C.   Brazil Start 8 1–0

3–3 D

Group match
13 1999-07-01[m 13] Washington, D.C.   United States Start

2–3 L

Quarter-final
  Sydney 2000 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
14 2000-09-13[m 14] Canberra   Australia Start

3–0 W

Group match
4 15 2000-09-16[m 15] Canberra   Brazil Start 33 1–0

2–1 W

Group match
5 41 2–0
16 2000-09-19[m 16] Melbourne   Sweden Start

1–0 W

Group match
17 2000-09-24[m 17] Sydney   Norway Start

0–1 L

Semifinal
6 18 2000-09-28[m 18] Sydney   Brazil Start 79 2–0

2–0 W

Bronze medal match
  USA 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
7 19 2003-09-20[m 19] Columbus, OH   Canada Start 75 3–1

4–1 W

Group match
8 20 2003-09-24[m 20] Columbus, OH   Japan Start 36 2–0

3–0 W

Group match
9 66 3–0
10 21 2003-09-27[m 21] Washington, D.C.   Argentina Start 32 3–0

6–1 W

Group match
11 22 2003-10-02[m 22] Portland, OR   Russia Start 80 5–1

7–1 W

Quarter-final
12 89 7–1
13 23 2003-10-05[m 23] Portland, OR   United States Start 90+3 3–0

3–0 W

Semifinal
24 2003-10-12[m 24] Carson, CA   Sweden Start

2–1 aet W

Final
  Athens 2004 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
14 25 2004-08-11[m 25] Patras   China PR Start 13 1–0

8–0 W

Group match
15 21 2–0
16 73 4–0
17 88 7–0
18 26 2004-08-17[m 26] Piraeus   Mexico Start; (c) 79 2–0

2–0 W

Group match
27 2004-08-20[m 27] Patras   Nigeria Start; (c)

2–1 W

Quarter-final
28 2004-08-23[m 28] Heraklion   United States Start; (c)

1–2 L

Semifinal
29 2004-08-26[m 29] Piraeus   Sweden Start; (c)

1–0 W

Bronze medal match
  China 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
19 30 2007-09-10[m 30] Shanghai   Argentina Start; (c) 29 4–0

11–0 W

Group match
20 45+1 5–0
21 59 8–0
31 2007-09-14[m 31] Shanghai   England Start; (c)

0–0 D

Group match
22 32 2007-09-17[m 32] Hangzhou   Japan Start; (c) 21 1–0

2–0 W

Group match
33 2007-09-22[m 33] Wuhan   Korea DPR Start; (c)

3–0 W

Quarter-final
34 2007-09-26[m 34] Tianjin   Norway Start; (c)

3–0 W

Semifinal
23 35 2007-09-30[m 35] Shanghai   Brazil Start; (c) 52 1–0

2–0 W

Final
  Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
36 2008-08-06[m 36] Shenyang   Brazil Start; (c)

0–0 D

Group match
37 2008-08-09[m 37] Shenyang   Nigeria Start; (c)

1–0 W

Group match
38 2008-08-12[m 38] Tianjin   Korea DPR Start; (c)

1–0 W

Group match
39 2008-08-15[m 39] Shenyang   Sweden Start; (c)

2–0 aet W

Quarter-final
24 40 2008-08-18[m 40] Shanghai   Brazil Start; (c) 10 1–0

1–4 L

Semifinal
41 2008-08-21[m 41] Beijing   Japan Start; (c)

2–0 W

Bronze medal match
  Germany 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
42 2011-06-26[m 42] Berlin   Canada {{{4}}}.

off 56' (on Popp); (c)

2–1 W

Group match
43 2011-06-30[m 43] Frankfurt   Nigeria {{{4}}}.

off 53' (on Grings); (c)

1–0 W

Group match

Private lifeEdit

Prinz is a trained physical therapist.[10] In 2010, she graduated with her master's degree in psychology from the Goethe University Frankfurt.[11] Since January 2012, she has worked as a sport psychologist in the youth academy, women's U-17 and women's Bundesliga teams at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.[12]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

FSV Frankfurt
1. FFC Frankfurt
Carolina Courage

InternationalEdit

IndividualEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Nationalspielerin Birgit Prinz" (in German). DFB.de. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Birgit Prinz" (in German). Framba.de. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Prinz announces end of career" (in German). sportschau.de. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Frauen: Prinz works and trains in Hoffenheim" (in German). 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Birgit Prinz sagt Perugia ab" (in German). netzeitung.de. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Grings erneut Fußballerin des Jahres" (in German). DFB.de. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "FIFA Ballon d'Or – Previous Editions". FIFA. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Birgit Prinz – Mittelpunkt des deutschen Angriffs" (in German). Focus.de. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Birgit Prinz". FIFA. 
  10. ^ "Birgit Prinz" (in German). birgitprinz.de. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Birgit Prinz: Für Ken und ganz Deutschland" (in German). SPOX.com. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Schlee und Rauschenberger verlassen Hoffenheim" (in German). 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
Match reports
  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Germany – Japan : Group matches". FIFA. 
  2. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Sweden – Germany : Group matches". FIFA. 
  3. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Brazil – Germany : Group matches". FIFA. 
  4. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Germany – England : Quarter-finals". FIFA. 
  5. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Germany – China PR : Semi-finals". FIFA. 
  6. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Germany – Norway : Final". FIFA. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Atlanta 1996 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Japan : First stage". FIFA. 
  8. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Atlanta 1996 – Women : MATCH Report: Norway – Germany : First stage". FIFA. 
  9. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Atlanta 1996 – Women : MATCH Report: Brazil – Germany : First stage". FIFA. 
  10. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999: MATCH Report: Germany – Italy : Group matches". FIFA. 
  11. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999: MATCH Report: Germany – Mexico : Group matches". FIFA. 
  12. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999: MATCH Report: Germany – Brazil : Group matches". FIFA. 
  13. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999: MATCH Report: USA – Germany : Quarter-finals". FIFA. 
  14. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 – Women : MATCH Report: Australia – Germany : First stage". FIFA. 
  15. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Brazil : First stage". FIFA. 
  16. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Sweden : First stage". FIFA. 
  17. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Norway : Semi-finals". FIFA. 
  18. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Sydney 2000 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Brazil : Bronze medal match". FIFA. 
  19. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Germany – Canada : Group matches". FIFA. 
  20. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Germany – Japan : Group matches". FIFA. 
  21. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Argentinas – Germany : Group matches". FIFA. 
  22. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Germany – Russia : Quarter-finals". FIFA. 
  23. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA – Germany : Semi-finals". FIFA. 
  24. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Germany – Sweden : Final". FIFA. 
  25. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – China PR : First stage". FIFA. 
  26. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Mexico : First stage". FIFA. 
  27. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Nigeria : Quarter-finals". FIFA. 
  28. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Women : MATCH Report: USA – Germany : Semi-finals". FIFA. 
  29. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Sweden : Bronze medal match". FIFA. 
  30. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Germany – Argentinas : First stage". FIFA. 
  31. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: England – Germany : First stage". FIFA. 
  32. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Germany – Japan : First stage". FIFA. 
  33. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Germany – Korea DPR : Quarter-finals". FIFA. 
  34. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Germany – Norway : Semi-finals". FIFA. 
  35. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Germany – Brazil : Final". FIFA. 
  36. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Brazil : First stage". FIFA. 
  37. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 – Women : MATCH Report: Nigeria – Germany : First stage". FIFA. 
  38. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 – Women : MATCH Report: Korea DPR – Germany : First stage". FIFA. 
  39. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 – Women : MATCH Report: Sweden – Germany : Quarter-finals". FIFA. 
  40. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 – Women : MATCH Report: Brazil – Germany : Semi-finals". FIFA. 
  41. ^ "Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 – Women : MATCH Report: Germany – Japan : Bronze medal match". FIFA. 
  42. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Germany – Canada : First stage". FIFA. 
  43. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Germany – Nigeria : First stage". FIFA. 

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