A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng

By Ronald Reng


WINNER OF THE BRITISH activities publication AWARDS 2012 soccer booklet OF THE YEAR

Why does a world footballer with the area at his toes choose to take his personal life?

On 10 November 2009 the German nationwide goalkeeper, Robert Enke, stepped in entrance of a passing teach. He was once thirty-two years outdated and a faithful husband and father.

Enke had performed for a string of Europe's best golf equipment, together with Barcelona and Jose Mourinho's Benfica and was once destined to turn into his country's first selection in aim for years yet to come. yet underneath the veneer of good fortune, Enke battled with crippling melancholy.

Award-winning author Ronald Reng items jointly the puzzle of his friend's lifestyles, laying off beneficial mild at the crushing pressures continued via expert sportsmen and on lifestyles on the best golf equipment. At its center, Enke's tragedy is a common tale of a guy suffering opposed to his demons.

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For the second straight playoff series, we were down 3-0, this time to the defending Stanley Cup champions. The dream season, everyone suggested, was about to come to a crashing end. Except it didn’t. We won game four at home to salvage some pride. ), and with a crazy crowd cheering us on, also won game six on Long Island to force a seventh game back in Philadelphia. What is going on here? The New York Islanders were one game away from going to the Stanley Cup finals! The entire hockey world was watching us in game seven, wondering if there was any way we would 32 Chapter 3 be able to do the truly impossible—come back twice in consecutive series from 3-0 deficits to win?

So for the first time in my life, I got on a plane. I flew to Miami, where I would get the chance to stay for a week and meet the Solomon family, father and son, who owned the team, and legendary players like ex-Montreal Canadiens legends Doug Harvey and Dickie Moore (who had joined the club on Dec. 3, 1967 and was an enormous help in that first year). Al Arbour, the first captain of the team, was a real solid defenceman who I became friends with and would do a little business with later in my hockey travels.

There were times on road trips where he would carry a briefcase full of cash with him to pay our hotel bills—this was because the Islanders’ credit had become so bad nobody would take a credit card from us. Boe had a heart of gold really, but that cost him in the long run. Despite his money problems, he signed superstars like Julius Erving and Tiny Archibald to massive contracts and the Nets went on to win an American Basketball Association title. But his free-spending ways eventually hurt both franchises and he just couldn’t keep up financially.

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