News : Sabine Töpperwien: Farewell to a living legend after three decades

News : Sabine Töpperwien: Farewell to a living legend after three decades

Soccer games have been her profession for over three decades: Sports commentator Sabine Töpperwien will retire at the end of January 2021.
Image: WDR / Dirk Borm

She was the first woman in Germany to report live from a football stadium: Sabine Töpperwien. Again WDR has now announced that the 60-year-old is going to retire at the end of the month.

Sabine Töpperwien is retiring: sports reporter legend ends after more than 700 soccer games

In three decades as a sports journalist, Töpperwien commented on more than 700 games with her distinctive voice, 600 of them in the Bundesliga alone. In addition, she was head of the sports department in radio and most recently as campus director in the cross-media sports department of the WDR.

Sabine Töpperwien and her rocky road as a soccer reporter

“A woman in the Holy See of Soccer-Reporters – it couldn’t be, for example. But my brother Rolf had prepared me well for the experiment in the shark tank, “said Töpperwien, recalling her beginnings as a reporter for football matches.” Otto Rehhagel replied that I had never smelled the sweat of a cabin. And Christoph Daum advised me to send my brother, “said the 60-year-old, describing her” rocky road “. Töpperwien was” grateful that I was able to turn my hobby into a job “, but physical complaints now led to the decision to start her career because: “Working at half steam – I don’t want that.”

WDR director Tom Buhrow says goodbye: “A living legend of German sports reporting”

WDR director Tom Buhrow praised Töpperwien, who reported on twelve Olympic Games and commented on the 2012 Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich, as “a pioneer and a living legend of German sports reporting”. Her CV also includes the first live game of a women’s national team on German television, at the European Championship in 1989. Buhrow also added: “I will miss her distinctive voice, her passionate football comments and her excellent sports skills very much.” already at Facebook and YouTube? Here you will find the latest news, the latest videos, great competitions and a direct line to the editorial team.

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