June 26, 2009
How could I ever forget 1999? It was my first World Cup and also the first and only time I scored a goal at the premier event in women’s football. When you’re called up to represent your country at the World Cup you realize that all the sacrifices you’ve made are not in vain. On June 20, 1999, the day of our World Cup debut against Italy, I was amazed: The Rose Bowl was huge, with everything organized to perfection, and there was an enthusiastic crowd cheering both teams. Besides, I was playing for Germany in my father’s country.