A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke

By Ronald Reng

Winner of the William Hill activities publication of the 12 months, the biography of Robert Enke, the foreign footballer with the area 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 teach. He used to be 32 years previous. seen from the surface, Enke had all of it. He was once a qualified goalkeeper who had performed for a string of Europe's most sensible golf equipment, together with Jose Mourinho's Benfica and Louis Van Gaal's Barcelona, and used to be destined to be his country's first selection for future years. yet underneath the brilliant veneer of good fortune lay a darker story. Reng brings into sharp reduction the categorical calls for and fears confronted via those that play top-level game. 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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The nationwide trainer rang him. 8 months after Robert have been sitting at the subs bench within the Spanish moment department Jürgen Klinsmann invited him on a journey of Asia with the nationwide crew. Robert declined. He didn’t refer to somebody, no longer even Teresa, he easily instructed Klinsmann at the telephone that unfortunately he couldn’t do it, he couldn’t depart for ten days, he needed to stick with his daughter. ‘I used to be touched that he didn’t even ask me,’ says Teresa. ‘That he was once so occupied with being along with his daughter. ’ Robert felt enjoyed and stated. That made it more uncomplicated to provide love again, even to forgive himself his personal errors. yet boundless figuring out was once anything else totally. the place Jacques was once involved, they have been discovering it an increasing number of tricky to be beneficiant. They felt more and more that they weren’t at domestic of their personal apartment. They nonetheless hadn’t been capable of flow their very own furnishings in. in line with the agreement, Jacques needed to stream out through 1 October on the most modern; it used to be now mid-December. He hadn’t even begun searching for a brand new position to reside. ‘Oh what’s all this approximately contracts? i assumed we have been neighbors! ’ cried the artist once they eventually informed him one night that it used to be rather time to maneuver out. Jacques’s poet buddy had long past, yet now his daughter from his first marriage used to be traveling. ‘But Jacques, don’t you realize that we can’t stay jointly within the long-term? and also you haven’t even began considering relocating out. ’ ‘OK, then I’ll commence! ’ He leapt to his toes and commenced pulling his crockery out of the kitchen cabinets. ‘Look, I’m packing! ’ ‘Jacques, please. ’ ‘I provide every little thing as much as stay with you and these types of animals right here, after which you toss something like this at me – if I’d recognized! ’ Teresa used to be beside herself. Robert, who typically stayed calm whilst folks acquired labored up, fought in useless opposed to his emerging fury. He couldn’t defuse the placement. Jacques’s daughter did that, 16 years outdated. ‘He’s similar to that, don’t despair,’ she acknowledged to Teresa and Robert. ‘Papa, come on, let’s you and me cross upstairs now and begin packing your issues. ’ Jacques truly did circulate out, to a friend’s at the beginning – the place used to be he presupposed to cross on the drop of a hat? yet he had one final shock for them when it comes to farewell. Teresa’s mom referred to as them from undesirable Windsheim. ‘It’s nice that there’s going to be a vernissage at your place. Are you making the canapés? ’ Jacques had despatched out invites to a personal Christmas viewing of his work. If he bought loads of them he wouldn’t need to take such a lot of away with him. Teresa’s mom were invited simply because she knew Jacques from her visits to Empede. She used to be considering his paintings and used to be on his distribution record. Jacques hadn’t pointed out the development to Teresa and Robert, which used to be happening in his studio, beside their condo. the subsequent night Teresa and Robert sat of their kitchen staring at in silence as a crowd of strangers walked fairly matter-of-factly via their apartment and requested them the place the lavatory used to be. ‘What is that this? ’ Robert requested Teresa.

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