2 December ~ Ronald Reng's book A Life Too Short won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award this week. Reng's "extraordinarily intimate biography" of Robert Enke, the German goalkeeper who took his life in 2009, was reviewed in last month's WSC

Considering young men are a group at high risk of suicide, the number of active footballers who have taken their own lives is surprisingly small. Dave Clement, Alan Davies and Justin Fashanu are perhaps the best known in Britain, all in their declining football years. That makes Robert Enke a rarity among rarities: the Hannover 96 goalkeeper was at his peak, in a season that should have led to the World Cup, when he walked in front of a train in November 2009. Read more

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