Renate Lingor

Renate Lingor (born October 11, 1975 in Karlsruhe, Germany) is a retired female German international footballer, who played as a midfielder or forward.

Renate Lingor
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Personal information
Date of birth (1975-10-11) October 11, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Karlsruhe, West Germany
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder/Striker
Youth career
1981–1983 SV Blankenloch
1983–1990 Karlsruher SC
1990–1991 SC Klinge Seckach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1997 SC Klinge Seckach
1997–2008 1.FFC Frankfurt
National team
1995–2008[1] Germany 149 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Lingor began her career in 1981 with SV Blankenloch at the age of six, in 1983 she joined the youth team of Karlsruher SC. Aged 14 she signed with SC Klinge Seckach where she started her professional career in German Bundesliga. Despite several offers from top German teams she remained there until 1997 when she joined 1. FFC Frankfurt. Lingor's position is in the central midfield. She is well known for her good technique, her ability to read a game and her free kicks. She has retired after the 2007–08 season.

International careerEdit

Before her first appearance in the German national team in 1995 Lingor made 19 games for the Under 20 Team. Since then she has been constantly part of the team that won several international titles. Her goal against Sweden at the 2004 Olympics secured the bronze medal for her team. In 2006 Renate Lingor was nominated as FIFA Women's World Player of the Year together with Marta (Brazil) and Kristine Lilly (USA). Lingor announced, that she would retire after the 2008 Olympic Games.[2]

Style of playEdit

Lingor usually played in the number 10 role in midfield behind the forwards, although she was also been used in a more attacking role on occasion, or even in a deeper role in front of the defence. In 2007, a profile described her with the following words: "She moves around the pitch with lithe elegance, is technically brilliant and has excellent vision. She can dummy and feint past almost anyone and is lethal from set pieces – so much so that she is often compared in her homeland with top playmakers from the men's game like Mehmet Scholl and Thomas Hassler. And with good reason. Lingor, who stands 1.66m (5'5") tall, is as consistently exceptional as her now retired male counterparts." The profile also praised her for creativity and playmaking skills, lauding her as a "master of the defence-splitting pass," while also noting her work-rate, stating: "Lingor is not only a creative outlet just behind the front two but also capable of working in front of the defence to break up opposition play and then launch lightning-quick counter-attacks."[3]

Career statisticsEdit


  • FFC Frankfurt
  • SC Klinge-Seckach
  • DFC Eggenstein
  • Karlsruher SC
  • SV Blankenloch.


1. FFC Frankfurt




  1. ^ "Players Info Lingor". Deutscher Fußball Bund. August 14, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  2. ^ "Lingor will nach den olympischen Spielen aufhören" (in German). April 22, 2008. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  3. ^ "Player to Watch: Renate Lingor". August 21, 2007. Retrieved June 17, 2020.