Birgit Prinz certainly needs no introduction. She has over 20 domestic and international titles in her trophy cabinet, holds any number of personal records and has become synonymous with women's football in Germany. And today in Zurich, the 31-year-old could become the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year for the fourth time in her career, having already won the award in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
"It was a good year for the team - we won all three trophies that we were competing for," a delighted Prinz told FIFA.com as she reflected on a successful 2008. The only disappointment was failing to fulfil her dream of winning Olympic gold after Germany were knocked out in the semi-finals in Beijing. "Picking up Olympic bronze was still a success though," she added.
Looking ahead to this year's European Championship in Finland, the Frankfurt native is hoping for better things, Germany being the four-time defending champions after all. Not that Prinz is taking the opposition lightly as she explains, "The teams are all getting closer together in terms of the level of play, so it won't be easy by any means."
The striker was extremely upbeat when the subject of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ was mentioned. Prinz, who holds the appearances record for Germany, will be 33 when the tournament is held in her home country. "I reckon the stadiums will all be full and that the World Cup will be really well run," she says. "Enthusiasm is hopefully going to spill over - playing a World Cup in front of your home crowd will be a real career highlight."
The full interview with Birgit Prinz will be posted shortly as a video on FIFA.com, so stay tuned!