Aug
30
2008
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Silke Rottenberg

On the same day that Kahn played his final match abroad, German goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg surprisingly announced her retirement from the national team. The 36-year-old cited increasing injury problems as the reason for her decision. Moreover, she did not want to be number two behind Nadine Angerer at the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing. Angerer kept goal for Germany at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in China last year, when Germany won the title, and was in¬strumental in the team’s success. Rottenberg intends to continue playing for another year for 1. FFC Frankfurt, with whom she recently won the UEFA Cup. Afterwards, the sports soldier from the German army plans to bring down the curtain on her playing career. As a player, Rottenberg has won virtually all there is to win in wom¬en’s football. She tasted success in the European Championship three times (1997, 2001, 2005), the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ twice (2003, 2007) and also won a bronze medal twice at the Olympic Games (2000, 2004). Her most memorable performance came at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2003, when she drove defending champions and hosts USA to despair with some unbelievable saves during Germany’s 3-0 semi-final victory. That same year, Rottenberg was crowned the World’s Best Goalkeeper.