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Thoughts about Ronald Reng’s Enke biography, part 2

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Continuing my thoughts about Robert Enke… The words of Theo Zwanziger at Enke’s funeral are still ringing in my ears: why on earth did Zwanziger bring up the issue of homosexual footballers at Enke’s memorial service?

Germany was grieving the death of Robert Enke. A man who wasn’t known for creating a lot of noise around him, like

Theo Zwanziger is popular in the gay community because of his commitment for gay rights.

Jens Lehmann or Oliver Kahn. A keeper’s keeper, as Robert Reng points out. Probably on his way to the World Cup in South Africa, he had committed suicide. DFB-president Theo Zwanziger had the hard task of trying to find the right words at Robert Enke’s memorial service in the AWD-arena. Zwanziger pointed out that German football had to do some soul searching, and had to ask itself some tough questions. Zwanziger thought that it was appropriate to bring up the issue of homosexuality in professional football.
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Thoughts about Ronald Reng’s Enke biography, part 1

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Ronald Reng’s biography about Robert Enke gives an excellent account of how Enke fought his loosing battle against his depressions. But, has the world of German football changed since his death?

Ronald Reng has been a German football journalist of for many years. His specialty: goalkeepers. So, it is no wonder

Ronald Reng's book "Robert Enke - Ein allzu kurzes Leben" is worth a read. It hasn't been translated into English yet.

that Reng can give an excellent description of Robert Enke; the goalkeeper. Enke’s special technique in one on one situations, his excellent abilities as a shot stopper on the line and so forth. Furthermore, Reng was also a friend of Enke. The two of them have shared many moments together and, as Reng writes in the book, the two of them had intended to write the book about Robert Enke’s live together. Reng had to write the book on his own, but still manages to give an accurate picture of the happiest and saddest hours of the life of Robert Enke. His happiest moments at Benfica, the darkness in his mind when he was stationed in Istanbul, and the sudden return of his depression when all seemingly was well in Hannover. Reng manages to draw a picture of thoughtful, funny and polite human being. A good father, and man who tried to be the best husband he could be. Read the rest of this entry