RIP Robert Enke

The footballing world is in mourning for Germany and Hanover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke who died after being hit by a train in an apparent suicide. He was 32. Enke’s body was found at a train crossing in Neustadt am Ruebenberge near Hanover.

Enke, 32, won eight international caps and was in the running to play at the World Cup in South Africa next year. Enke, who had spells with clubs in Spain, Turkey and Portugal before signing for Bundesliga team Hanover in 2004. Enke had been suffering from depression and he had a fear of failure. Speaking at a news conference called by his club, Teresa Enke said her 32-year-old husband was afraid their adopted daughter would be taken away from the family if his illness became public knowledge.

The couple’s biological daughter died three years ago from a heart problem she had from birth when she was 2. Police said Wednesday they had found a suicide note, with no indications the death was anything but a suicide. Valentin Markser, a doctor who treated Enke, said the goalkeeper first sought treatment in 2003, when he lost his starting place at Barcelona and developed anxieties and fear of failure. The German football federation canceled a friendly with Chile slated for Saturday in Cologne. Hundreds of Hannover fans paid tribute to Enke at the stadium Wednesday.

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