European football mourns Robert Enke(uefa.com)
European and German football is in mourning following the death on Tuesday of Robert Enke, the Hannover 96 and German national-team goalkeeper.
A statement on the German Football Association (DFB) website said: "The German national team received the news of the death of Robert Enke Tuesday night. The team mourns for their former goalkeeper (...).
"The team was informed by coach Joachim Löw and team manager Oliver Bierhoff in their hotel in Bonn. Bierhoff said: 'We are in a state of shock. It is beyond words.'
Prayers for wife and family
"DFB President Dr Theo Zwanziger: 'We are stunned by the death of Robert Enke. Our prayers go out to his wife and his family.'"
In a letter to Dr Zwanziger, UEFA President Michel Platini said: "It is with great consternation that I have learned of the death of Robert Enke, and it is my wish to convey my deepest sympathy to his family, the DFB and his club Hannover 96.
Filled with sadness
"In such a moment, one is simply unable to find the appropriate words. One is stunned and filled with sadness. My thoughts are with his family and team colleagues, and I wish them great strength for the time to come." The DFB also confirmed on its website that Saturday's friendly international against Chile in Cologne has been cancelled.
DFB calls off Chile game(Deutscher Fussball-Bund)
Following the tragic death of German goalkeeper Robert Enke, the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) calls off the game against Chile in Cologne on Saturday. Fans having bought and purchased tickets will be reimbursed. Detailed information on the proceedure will be published on this webpage.
The decision was made in a meeting this Wednesday in Bonn, with DFB-President Dr. Theo Zwanziger, General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, the team’s coach Joachim Löw and the team-manager Oliver Bierhoff participating. The team had also voted for a cancellation of the game against Chile.
“We could not play the game against Chile on Saturday, that was a unanimous decision”, said Dr. Zwanziger, who added that the decision “was without an alternative.” Enke died on Tuesday at the age of 32.
The cancellation leaves Germany with just two games ahead of the nomination of the World Cup roster – next week’s game in Gelsenkirchen against the Ivory Coast (Wednesday, November 18, 8.45 P.M., live on ARD) and the classic football confrontation with Argentinia on March 3rd in Munich.