Kim Kulig (born 9 April 1990) is a retired German footballer.[3] She last played as a central midfielder or forward for 1. FFC Frankfurt and the German national team.

Kim Kulig-Soyah
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Kim Kulig, August 2011
Personal information
Full name Kim Nadine Kulig
Date of birth (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Herrenberg, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder, forward
Youth career
1998–2001 SV Poltringen
2001–2003 SV Unterjesingen
2003–2006 Sindelfingen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Sindelfingen
2008–2011 Hamburger SV 59 (27)
2011–2015 1. FFC Frankfurt 19 (4)
National team
Germany U19 12 (12)
2008–2010 Germany U20 16 (5)
2009–2015 Germany 33 (7)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:06, 5 January 2012 (UTC)[2]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:03, 15 June 2013 (UTC)[1]

CareerEdit

ClubEdit

Kulig, born in Herrenberg, Swabia, Baden-Württemberg, started her career at age eight at SV Poltringen, where she initially played in a boys' team. In 2001, she joined SV Unterjesingen, before moving to VfL Sindelfingen two years later. She made her second Bundesliga debut at Sindelfingen, where she scored 17 goals in her first season in the country's second division. In 2008, Kulig won the Fritz Walter medal in silver as the year's second best female junior player.[4] That year she moved to the Bundesliga side Hamburger SV. During three seasons at the club, she scored 27 goals in 59 Bundesliga appearances.[2] From the 2011–12 season, Kulig has signed a three-year contract with 1. FFC Frankfurt.[1]

In September 2015 she announced her retirement due to continued problems with a knee injury. She is now working with the DFB and as a soccer commentator for ZDF.[5][6]

InternationalEdit

At age 18, Kulig reached third-place with Germany at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She made her debut for the German senior national team in February 2009 against China. Only seven months after her first international game, Kulig won the 2009 European Championship with Germany. She scored the third goal in Germany's 6–2 win over England in the final .

Kulig returned to junior competition one year later, helping Germany lift the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on home soil. In the tournament's final against Nigeria, Kulig hit the post which resulted in a Nigerian own goal and sealed the German 2–0 victory. Kulig was honoured as the tournament's third-best player.[7] She has been called up for Germany's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad.[1]

During the quarter final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup she was taken out in the 4th minute due to an ACL injury of the right knee. On 15 September 2012, Kulig made her comeback after 14 months of injury in the UEFA Euro 2013 Qualifiers against Kazakhstan.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first:

Kulig – goals for Germany
# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 March 2009 Albufeira, Portugal   China 2–0 3–0 2009 Algarve Cup
2. 9 March 2009 Faro, Portugal   Sweden 2–3 2–3 2009 Algarve Cup
3. 10 September 2009 Helsinki, Finland   England 3–1 6–2 UEFA Women's Euro 2009
4. 21 May 2011 Ingolstadt, Germany   North Korea 1–0 2–0 Friendly
5. 3 June 2011 Osnabrück, Germany   Italy 3–0 5–0 Friendly
6. 7 June 2011 Aachen, Germany   Netherlands 4–0 5–0 Friendly
7. 5 April 2013 Offenbach, Germany   United States 1–2 3–3 Friendly

Source:[8]

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

IndividualEdit

Personal lifeEdit

On May 29, 2016 Kulig married the former soccer player Melanie Soyah.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Nationalspielerin Kim Kulig" (in German). DFB.de. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Kim Kulig" (in German). Framba.de. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  3. ^ "German women's international Kim Kulig forced to retire at 25". VAVEL. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Fritz-Walter-Medaille für vier deutsche U 19-Europameister" (in German). DFB.de. 20 August 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  5. ^ "German International Kim Kulig retires but stays in football". Women's Soccer United. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  6. ^ Ruszkai, Ameé (17 September 2015). "German women's international Kim Kulig forced to retire at 25". VAVEL.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Popp and Kulig in dreamland". FIFA.com. 1 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Players Info Kulig Goals". DFB. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.

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