Prinz bows out! her hay days

Birgit Prinz! Germany’s highest goal scorer ever has taken her bow from the international scene. This World Cup which is her swan song was meant to end it with style with the lifting of her third straight World title and most exciting one on home soil, however, Japanese Maruyama had other ideas when she slotted home from an angle to stun the Germans and silence The Arena Im Allerpark in Wolfsburg. The 108th minute extra time goal was enough to bundle the defending champions and host out.

... less action means time to call it quit

Prinz who had lost her place in the starting XI in the final group game against France was again on the bench for the Japan tie.
Birgit admitted she did not merit a starting berth presently. Her drop in form this year is notable – not a single goal this year for Die Nationalelf, below-par display and her pace has slowed down.
It wasn’t too difficult a decision for coach Sylvia Neid to make do with younger players presenting their case strongly for a starting shirt. A valid example is  Inka Grings, the woman who replaced her in the game against The Super Falcons of Nigeria and played an important role in the only goal of the match.

Prinz debuted for the national team at age 16 in 1994 spent a total of 17 years in Die Nationalelf. Her international scoring record of 128 goals dwarfs Gerd Muller’s 68 in the men’s category.
The two time World Cup winner in 2003 and 2007 also won Five European championship titles (1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009) while playing for her country. She’s also a three-time FIFA World Player of the year (2003, 2004, 2005) as well as other  numerous individual honors which includes;  German Player of the Year: (2001 – 2008)

Her recent fall from Captain and leader to the mere rank of mortal player is not just her own doing. It’s due to the considerable depth within Silvia Neid’s squad.
The FIFA Women World Cup all time record leading goal scorer admits that every show must someday come to an end. She had already announced that this World Cup will mark her end in the national team. It was anticipated that she could help the squad immensely with her experience before handing over the reins.
In spite of the disappointment of losing out, I cannot but salute this wonderful lady who has put her footprint in the sand of time.

Well done Birgit Prinz, Gut Gemacht Birgit Prinz

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