Potential German World Cup Team Goalkeeper Found Dead
German national football team goalkeeper and probable World Cup 2010 starter Robert Enke was found dead. He was struck and killed by a train in Neustadt am Rubenburge close to a level crossing near his home on Tuesday. Initial investigation results show that it was a suicide. He was 32.
The two drivers of the train reported that they have seen a man in the tracks but were not able to stop the train in time that was running at about 100 mph.
The sportsman previously played for Hanover 96 in the German Bundesliga and had eight appearances with the national team.
Martin Kind, Hannover President who announced the death said that Enke appeared “unstable” lately. He and wife Teresa lost their two-year old daughter to a heart ailment in 2006 and was recently diagnosed with stomach bacteria.
It was widely considered that Enke would be starting as Goalkeeper for the German team, which recently qualified in the upcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Enke’s death may bring about the cancellation of a friendly match between Germany and Chile scheduled this Saturday. Meanwhile, fans flocked Hannover stadium and were laying flowers and lighting candles at the gates.