Hannover 96 and Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke has died after allegedly committing suicide. The 32 year old threw himself into the path of a railway train travelling between Norddeich and Hannover at Neustadt am Rübenberge around 6.30 pm German time on November 10, 2009. The train drivers tried to apply the brakes after seeing Enke on the tracks, but were unable to stop in time. Enke was captain of the Hannover 96 Bundesliga side, whom he joined from Spanish club Tenerife in 2004.
Enke’s last game for Hannover was the 2-2 draw against Hamburger SV on Sunday. His contract was due to expire in the summer, and he was reportedly a transfer target for HSV manager Bruno Labbadia, who was considering him as a successor to the ageing Frank Rost.
Enke was capped eight times for Germany, and although he was not selected for the recent friendlies against Chile and Ivory Coast, he was widely expected to stand under the sticks for South Africa 2010.
Enke leaves behind his wife Teresa and an eight month old adopted daughter Leila.