Star bio: Germany's Birgit Prinz
German forward has done it all in the women's game
Born: Oct. 25, 1977, in Frankfurt
Clubs played for: FSV Frankfurt (Germany), FFC Frankfurt (Germany), Carolina Courage (U.S.A.)
International career: The 33-year-old forward made her international debut against Canada at the age of 16 in 1994, scoring the game winner in the 89th minute. Since then, she's been a mainstay with the German national team, guiding her country to five European championship titles (1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009), three Olympic bronze medals (2000, 2004, 2008) and two World Cup crowns (2003 and 2007). Prinz is the all-time leading scorer at the FIFA Women's World Cup with 14 goals, as well as the all-time leading scorer at the Olympic Games with 10 goals (jointly with Brazil's Cristiane).
Why is she so special? The original superstar of women's soccer, Prinz is a legend who has been there and done it all, including winning two World Cups and being named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times (2003-2005). The German captain has no peers in the modern game. A trained physiotherapist, she is renowned for her pace and her power.
Her most famous moment: Prinz scored in the 52nd minute of the 2007 Women's World Cup final against Brazil. That goal stood up as the winner, as Germany went on to claim a 2-0 victory and repeat as world champions.
She said it: "Pride is a difficult term for me, I struggle with it. I'm satisfied with what I've achieved. When I look back on my career, I can see that what's happened has been pretty special."
What they're saying about her: "She's the most complete player in the world. [She's] a powerful representative of German women's football and a great personality." — Siegfried Dietrich, former FFC Frankfurt coach
Here's an interesting fact: Prinz garnered an offer from eccentric AC Perugia president Luciano Gaucci in 2003 to become the first woman to play in Italy's Serie A, though she declined.