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National Team-Keeper Robert Enke committed suicide




Every German football-fan mourn national team keeper Robert Enke, who committed suicide yesterday evening on a railroad near Hannover.

Hours after his suicide, fans put candles and team-scarfs as a sign of mourning at the place where Enke spend his last minutes of his life. The whole Bundesliga, the DFB and the coach of the national team are shocked by this incident. Franz Beckenbauer, DFB-president Theo Zwanziger showed their mourning and expresses their condolence to Enke’s family. Enke is survived by his wife Theresa and his adopted daughter.

 The main question is at the moment: why?

Robert Enke’s career was coined by several injuries and setbacks in his personal life. His two year old daughter Lara died in 2006 after suffering under a cardiac disease. In the past he played for several clubs like Teneriffa, Barcelona, Fenerbahce with less success but found in Hannover 96 a club where he showed extraordinary performances.

During his career he suffered under several injuries. He missed nine games this season and the two important world cup qualification match against Russia. Despite all that national team coach Joachim Löw said that Enke will be his keeper for the world cup.

Off-the-field Enke was actively engaged in several social projects like animal welfare.

But we can only speculate about his reasons for his suicide. His personal reasons are only known by himself.

It’s doubtful that the national team will play against Chile on Saturday in cologne. Yesterday Enke’s former team the FC Barcelona showed their condolence with holding a moment of silence before the cup-match against Cultural Leonesa.

I personally feel very sad about Robert Enke’s suicide and offer my sincere condolences to his wife and his relatives. Robert we will never forget you!!

You can show your condolence on Robert Enke’s personal website:

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  1. Double Pivot

    November 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I guess the fact that he was so close (200m) to the grave of his daughter pretty much tells us what was going through his head.

    I don’t think getting over a child is something any of us are capable of. Some just hide it better. And I can only imagine what Enke went through after her death and how much stronger he was that I would be to last this long. I feel sorry for his wife and friends, but mostly I feel so sad for him, because of the pain he must have endured for so long.


  2. Jon

    November 11, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Robert, whatever demons bothered you, what tricks your mind used to torture your soul, know that you will be loved and missed more than you could have imagined. May God take care of your wife and daughter in this world and you as you enter the next world. Rest in Peace.

  3. cory

    November 11, 2009 at 7:01 am

    truly sad and unexpected. i was absolutely shocked when i heard, and i still am in disbelief. robert, you will be missed.

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