Nia Künzer

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Nia Künzer
Nia Künzer 2013 1.jpg
Nia Künzer (2013)
Surname Nia Tsholofelo Künzer
birthday January 18, 1980
place of birth MochudiBotswana
size 168 cm
position Defense , midfield
Years station
Eintracht Wetzlar
VfB Giessen
Years station Games (goals) 1
1997 SG Praunheim 4 0(0)
1998-2008 1. FFC Frankfurt 111 (22)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
0000-1997 Germany U-21 19 0(0)
1997-2003 Germany 34 0(2)
1 Only league games are given.

Nia Tsholofelo Künzer (born January 18, 1980 in Mochudi , Botswana ) is a former German soccer player .


Nia Künzer was born in Botswana, where her parents worked as development workers in the early 1980s , and grew up in Wetzlar . She lives in Wetzlar, is married and has two children. Nia comes from the Swahili language and means "I want", the Setswana term Tsholofelo means "hope".

She started her football career at Eintracht Wetzlar , before moving to SG Praunheim and the 1. FFC Frankfurt , which emerged from this club, via VfB Gießen . With the 1. FFC Frankfurt she was German champion seven times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008) and German cup winner (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008) as well as three times UEFA Women's Cup winner (2002, 2006 and 2008).

On May 27, 1997, she made her debut in the game against Denmark in Copenhagen in the national team. On October 25, 2001, she scored her first international goal in the game against Portugal .

She became a media star with her golden goal in the final of the 2003 World Cup on October 12, 2003 for Germany against Sweden . The goal was later voted Goal of the Year . Your golden goal was the last in FIFA football history, and the traditional extra time is now back . The defensive player scored two goals in 34 international matches for the German national team. In her career she suffered a total of four cruciate ligament ruptures . That is why she announced her resignation from the national team in 2006. On November 15, 2003, she played her last international match in a 13-0 win against Portugal. After the 2007/08 season, she also ended her club career.

In 2004 she was voted Maxim Woman of the Year in the Sports category . Since March 2006 she has been working as a women's football expert for ARD . She was repeatedly involved in various prevention projects, including a. since 2007 for the traffic prevention project "ververkehrssicher-in-Mittelhessen", which also includes the BOB campaign .

In spring 2008, she completed her studies in education at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen . Since April 14, 2008 she has been an honorary ambassador for the Central Hesse region .

She is the UNICEF ambassador for the girls' soccer project “Galz & Goals” in Namibia . Together with the organization NETZ Bangladesh , Nia Künzer campaigns for the schooling of girls in Bangladesh and against the marriage of minors. In the same year she received the Albert Schweitzer Prize of the Albert Schweitzer Association of Family Works and Children's Villages. In February 2017, Künzer moved to the regional council of Gießen , where after around eight months he became head of the department for integration, social support and volunteer work.



  • World Champion 2003


Web links

Commons : Nia Künzer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Tilmann Mehl: An insane appearance in the penalty area . In: Augsburger Allgemeine , July 20, 2020, p. 19 (in the series "Moments for Eternity")
  2. Nia Künzer - ARD women's football expert. In: NDR . Accessed May 1, 2019 .
  3. Nia Künzer - ZfbK - , accessed on February 8, 2018
  4. vo: "I am happy in Central Hesse". Ambassador presented: soccer player Nia Künzer represents the region. In: Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung , April 15, 2008, p. 16
  5. NETZ Bangladesh: Nia Künzer awarded the Walter Scheel Prize. Commitment to girls in Namibia and Bangladesh appreciated  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Press release of May 26, 2011, accessed October 1, 2012@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  6. Football star Nia Künzer receives Albert Schweitzer Prize 2011. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on February 22, 2012 ; Retrieved June 2, 2013 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Nia Künzer: A football star in refugee work.