A winner of two FIFA Women's World Cups, three UEFA Women's Championships, three UEFA Women's Cups and seven domestic German league titles, Renate Lingor's trophy cabinet must be bursting at the seams. However, the 32-year-old German midfielder would gladly make some space for one more medal: Olympic gold.
Having returned home empty-handed at three previous Women's Olympic Football Tournaments, Renate Lignor is hoping Beijing 2008 will be a case of fourth time lucky. And after winning 140 caps for Germany, it would be a fitting finale for a player who announced her intention to retire after this summer's showpiece. FIFA.com spoke with the reigning world champion about the competition ahead.
FIFA.com : Were you happy with the opening game against Brazil?
Renate Lingor: On the whole I was satisfied. It was our first game of the tournament and Brazil aren't easy opponents. They had a few problem areas which we couldn't take advantage of, but I think the draw was a good enough result.
What is your view on Nigeria and Korea DPR, your opponents in the next two games?
Going into the tournament we said that we had the most difficult group. You can't afford to underestimate Nigeria. They're a very solid team with lots of pace and stamina. The game against Korea at last year's World Cup was a crucial match for both teams and it will be the same this year. We've only got one point so the next two games are very important. We didn't show what we're capable of in the first game so there's definitely room for improvement. There's more to come from us in the next two games.
Were you surprised by the USA's loss to Norway?
It was a very impressive match. Remember, the USA weren't playing against a nothing side. Norway are one of my favourites to win the tournament. Despite the loss, I think the USA are still strong contenders and are by no means out of it.
You have recently returned from a long spell out through injury. Did the thought of participating at Beijing 2008 spur you on during this difficult period?
It helped a lot. I knew this would be my last season so I didn't want the abiding memory of my last game to be being stretchered off the field. I desperately wanted to participate in the Olympic Games and I was prepared to do whatever it took to get there. That thought really motivated me to recover from my injury.
You have won just about everything there is to win bar Olympic gold.
This is my last chance! I've had a great career, whatever happens, but I'll be doing my best to ensure that we go all the way here. It's an added motivation.