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Katharina Lindner

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Katharina Lindner
Personal information
Date of birth 3 September 1979
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Date of death 9 February 2019(2019-02-09) (aged 39)
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1999–2002 Hartford Hawks[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 1. FFC Frankfurt
2004 Western Mass Lady Pioneers
2005–2011 Glasgow City
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Katharina Lindner (3 September 1979 – 9 February 2019) was a German academic and footballer who played as a striker for Glasgow City F.C. from 2005 to 2011.[2] She was also a lecturer at University of Stirling on gender, sports, queer theory, and how women's images are presented in the media.

Sports career[edit]

Lindner grew up in Kleinostheim and joined 1. FFC Frankfurt (then known as SG Praunheim) as a 16 year old. She won a double with Frankfurt in 1999 before accepting a scholarship in America.[3] While attending the University of Hartford in 2000, Lindner was named an NSCAA 1st Team All-American.[4]

Lindner joined Glasgow City in 2005 after moving to Scotland to complete a PhD in film studies.[5] During her time with the team, Glasgow City won five Scottish Women's Premier League titles, two Scottish Women's Cups and two Scottish Women's Premier League Cups.[6] Lindner scored 128 goals for the team in 173 appearances with the team.[7]

When Lindner announced plans to retire from football ahead of the 2011 Scottish Women's Cup final, Glasgow City manager Eddie Wolecki-Black paid tribute to her contribution: "Kat, few would argue, is without doubt one of the finest players ever to play in Scotland and it has been a pleasure working with such a committed and talented athlete. She will be a big loss to our attacking options."[8]

Academic career[edit]

Lindner was a lecturer in the Communication, Media & Culture of University of Stirling, focusing on gender, sports and queer theory.[7][9] She wrote several articles published in academic journals such as Sex Roles and Feminist Media Studies.[10] In her most-cited work, "Images of Women in General Interest and Fashion Magazine Advertisements from 1955 to 2002", Lindner "adapted a set of qualitative criteria from Erving Goffman’s classic work on the subtle cues contained within advertising"[11] to analyse how women are objectified in advertisements in women's fashion magazines compared to general interest magazines.[12] In 2016, she also wrote an op-ed for The Conversation (reprinted in The Independent) in support of boycotting the Oscars.[13] In October 2017, Lindner published Film Bodies: Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema via I.B. Tauris.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Lindner died on 9 February 2019. Glasgow City announced that the team would postpone their season opening game while they mourned her death. Lindner's partner, Scottish footballer Laura Montgomery, is a co-founder of the club.[7]


Lindner took her own life in hospital, having been admitted following a previous suicide attempt the preceding week. She had depression.[15]


  1. ^ "Individual career records". University of Hartford. Retrieved 2 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Glasgow City's Katharina Lindner hits double milestone". BBC Sport. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  3. ^ Bernhard Kux (29 July 2009). "Katharina Lindner: "Münchner Kindl" trifft Bayern-Frauen" (in German). Womensoccer.de. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  4. ^ Dave Litterer (31 January 2010). "The Year in American Soccer, 2000". American Soccer History Archives. Archived from the original on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  5. ^ Fraser Wilson (6 January 2009). "Bundesliga star Kat leads Glasgow City title defence". Daily Record. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  6. ^ "SWF Statement - Katharina Lindner". Scottish Women's Football. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Kat Lindner: Former Glasgow City player dies aged 39". BBC Sport. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Glasgow Duo look to end with cup win". She Kicks. 11 November 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Ex-Glasgow City forward Kat Lindner dies at 39". The Times. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Katharina Lindner - Google Scholar Citations". Google Scholar. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  11. ^ Neuendorf, Kimberly A. (1 February 2011). "Content Analysis—A Methodological Primer for Gender Research" (PDF). Sex Roles. 64 (3): 276–289. doi:10.1007/s11199-010-9893-0. S2CID 21643571. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2019.
  12. ^ Stankiewicz, Julie M.; Rosselli, Francine (1 April 2008). "Women as Sex Objects and Victims in Print Advertisements" (PDF). Sex Roles. 58 (7): 579–589. doi:10.1007/s11199-007-9359-1. S2CID 143452062.
  13. ^ Lindner, Katharina (25 January 2016). "Why a boycott of the Oscars might just start to change the film industry". The Independent. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ Quinlivan, Davina (18 January 2018). "Film Bodies: Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema, by Katharina Lindner". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Laura Montgomery: Kat was my everything and I miss her terribly". Glasgow Times. 27 October 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2020.

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