Following her official retirement in the year 2012, she became a sports psychologist for the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim team. Birgit Prinz was born on October 25, 1977, in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany. An active athlete in several sports, she exhibited extraordinary ability in football and joined the youth club of SV Drnigheim, where her dad was a trainer.
Prinz smashed a match-winning goal vs. Canada in her first international appearance in 1994, marking her entrance in the sport’s limelight. Joining uncommon speed along with her wide 5’10” framework, the strong striker overwhelmed the defenders delegated to mark her. She scored the winning goal again for Germany in the 1995 UEFA European Championship, and celebrated a second European success two years after. Prinz also flourished in the team level, twice leading the league in scoring while helping FSV Frankfurt into a set of league crowns and German Cup triumphs.
The move to FFC Frankfurt in 1998 brought more success for Prinz, who procured another scoring title and helped her side claim four German Cups, three league crowns as well as a European Championship above a four-year period. That led into a short but victorious move over the Atlantic Ocean using the Carolina Courage, who won the 2002 Women’s United Soccer Association Tournament behind their prized German import.
Prinz cemented her standing as the highest women’s player after returning to Germany to direct FFC Frankfurt to four more league titles and another four German Cups. She also came through on football’s biggest stage, winning the Golden Ball Award for Germany’s success in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and earning Silver Ball honours following the successful title defense four years afterwards. The peerless sportsman won three straight FIFA Player of the Year awards commencing in 2003, and finished runner up on another four occasions.
Prinz’s extraordinary skills were clearly in fall throughout the 2011 World Cup, leading to her removal in the starting lineup. After earning a diploma in psychology from Goethe University Frankfurt in 2010, Prinz directed that training right into a sports psychologist job for the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim club for her post-playing career. The football great additionally functions as a part time motivational speaker.