***Happy Birthday, Birgit Prinz…!!!***
She is a retired German female professional association football player. She played for 1. FFC Frankfurt and on the German national team. Prinz remains one of the game’s most prolific strikers and the FIFA Women’s World Cup all-time leading scorer with 14 goals (tied with Marta). She was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. On 12 August 2011, she announced the end of her active career. She currently works as a sport psychologist for the male and female teams of 1. Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
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 names 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.
For the next decade, Prinz had one of the most successful international careers in women’s football. Prinz holds several national and international records. With 14 goals, she is the all-time leading goalscorer at FIFA Women’s World Cups.
Birgit Prinz competed in five FIFA Women’s World Cup: Sweden 1995, USA 1999, USA 2003, China 2007; and Germany 2011; and four Olympics: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008; altogether played in 43 matches and scored 24 goals at those nine global tournaments. With Germany, Prinz is a two-time world champion from USA 2003 and China 2007, and a runner-up from Sweden 1995, as well as a three-time bronze medalist from Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.