Prinz with Germany in 2011
|Date of birth||25 October 1977|
|Place of birth||Frankfurt am Main, West Germany|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|1986–1988||SV Dörnigheim FC|
|1998–2002||1. FFC Frankfurt||76||(78)|
|2003–2011||1. FFC Frankfurt||114||(136)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 12:09, 2 November 2013 (UTC) |
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2011 (UTC))
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.She currently works as a sport psychologist for the men's and women's teams of 1. Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
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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.
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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.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.
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.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. She remains the youngest player ever to appear in a World Cup Final.
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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.
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|Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
|Result||The final score.|
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
|Bronze medal match|
2–1 aet W
|18||26||2004-08-17||Piraeus||Start; ( c )||79||2–0|
|27||2004-08-20||Patras||Start; ( c )|
|28||2004-08-23||Heraklion||Start; ( c )|
|29||2004-08-26||Piraeus||Start; ( c )|
|Bronze medal match|
|19||30||2007-09-10||Shanghai||Start; ( c )||29||4–0|
|31||2007-09-14||Shanghai||Start; ( c )|
|22||32||2007-09-17||Hangzhou||Start; ( c )||21||1–0|
|33||2007-09-22||Wuhan||Start; ( c )|
|34||2007-09-26||Tianjin||Start; ( c )|
|23||35||2007-09-30||Shanghai||Start; ( c )||52||1–0|
|36||2008-08-06||Shenyang||Start; ( c )|
|37||2008-08-09||Shenyang||Start; ( c )|
|38||2008-08-12||Tianjin||Start; ( c )|
|39||2008-08-15||Shenyang||Start; ( c )|
2–0 aet W
|24||40||2008-08-18||Shanghai||Start; ( c )||10||1–0|
|41||2008-08-21||Beijing||Start; ( c )|
|Bronze medal match|
Prinz is a trained physical therapist.In 2010, she graduated with her master's degree in psychology from the Goethe University Frankfurt. 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.
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