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By Ronald Reng

Winner of the William Hill activities publication of the yr, the biography of Robert Enke, the overseas footballer with the realm at his ft who took his personal life

Here, award-winning author Ronald Reng items jointly the puzzle of his misplaced friend's existence. On November 10, 2009, the German nationwide goalkeeper, Robert Enke, stepped in entrance of a passing educate. He used to be 32 years previous. seen from the skin, Enke had all of it. He was once a qualified goalkeeper who had performed for a string of Europe's best golf equipment, together with Jose Mourinho's Benfica and Louis Van Gaal's Barcelona, and was once destined to be his country's first selection for years yet to come. yet underneath the brilliant veneer of good fortune lay a darker story. Reng brings into sharp aid the explicit calls for and fears confronted by means of those that play top-level activity. Heartfelt, yet by no means sentimental, he tells the common tragedy of a skilled man's struggles opposed to his personal demons.

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Humans frequently have undesirable manners,’ says Madrigal. ‘They didn’t comprehend what this defeat intended for Barça’s avid gamers, like Robert. ’ The loudspeakers crackled; the stadium announcer had wear the signature song of the Champions League instantly after the ultimate whistle. Robert fought his approach during the crowd with out being absolutely conscious of them. He gave Novelda’s goalkeeper his jersey, with no feeling the hobbies as he pulled it from his physique. He phoned Teresa the instant he reached the changing-room, as he continuously did. once they had placed down the telephone, neither he nor she may possibly have in mind what that they had acknowledged. He often enjoyed these moments after a online game within the changing-room, whilst the stress slowly light away. He had his ritual. He continuously took his socks off final; frequently he sat there for your time earlier than showering, his socks as much as his knees, yet in a different way bare. In Novelda, no different participant obtained showered and out of the changing-room as quickly as he did. He spoke back purely questions from journalists. Robert, what occurred the following? ‘I can’t locate a proof for what has occurred. It’s not easy to return in target after which concede 3 pursuits to a 3rd department crew. ’ Do the defenders undergo many of the blame for the defeat? ‘This isn’t the instant to appear for individuals guilty. every one person should still examine his personal functionality. ’ He pulled himself away, went to sit down at the bus, waited for it to force off, for the darkness to swallow him up. Toni Madrigal had desired to switch his blouse with Riquelme, as they'd agreed at half-time, yet Riquelme missed him. on the door to the changing-room Madrigal’s mom fought the stewards with phrases and arms to enable her in. They relented while anyone referred to as to Madrigal and he proven that he knew this lady. a number of metres away a boy was once asking his father to prevent praising the hat-trick scorer to the newshounds. ‘Otherwise the massive groups will take him clear of us, Papa,’ the boy stated to Juan Francisco Sánchez, Novelda’s president. ‘In 3 or 4 weeks nobody will take into account me,’ Madrigal informed the sportswriters. He wasn’t certain even if to think his personal phrases. The floodlights have been nonetheless on; the partitions of the floor, with their crumbling whitewash, gleamed. the various sportswriters sat at the floor within the health club, which have been switched over right into a press convention room. ‘The outdated vices have been obvious back, mainly the inexplicable gap within the defence unfolded through de Boer and Reiziger within which they buried themselves and Enke in his debut game,’ wrote El Mundo Deportivo. ‘Enke signed his personal sentence,’ the game determined. Frank de Boer, who were requested to talk for the group as Barça’s captain that night, seemed at the basketball courtroom beside the floor, the place the journalists have been ready. He was once a veteran of over 400 top-flight membership video games and 100 for his kingdom. ‘That first objective didn’t make Michael Reiziger glance good,’ he stated, ‘but Enke must have pop out to take the pass, simply because he was once virtually point with the ball. ’ in regards to Novelda’s profitable objective, whilst de Boer had stood beside Madrigal and performed not anything, de Boer easily acknowledged, ‘Enke has to trap the ball.

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