After ten years: Maier resigns from the national team

Leonie Maier has announced her departure from the German women’s national team. The 30-year-old became Olympic champion and European champion with the DFB team.

No longer runs for the DFB: Leonie Maier.

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Almost exactly ten years to the day after her debut in the national team on February 13, 2013 (3:3 against France), Leonie Maier is stepping down. The defender from FC Everton personally informed national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg of her decision not to play for the DFB team in the future, according to a report by the association on Tuesday.

“Leonie has achieved great success with the women’s national team, which she can be very proud of,” says Voss-Tecklenburg, referring to the title at the 2013 European Championships in Sweden and Olympic gold in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The native of Stuttgart also won the European Championship twice with the U-17 and U-19 national teams.

Voss-Tecklenburg continued: “She is a great personality and an absolutely deserving national player. Not only in terms of football, but also as a person, she has always contributed an incredible amount and has always been a great enrichment for the entire team.” Maier, who went through all the youth teams of the DFB from the U-15 to the U-20 national team, will say goodbye “in a dignified, yet to be determined framework”.

“With the first women’s international match, a dream came true for me. I played for Germany with heart, passion and pride for ten years and always saw it as a privilege. I am very proud and grateful for what we have achieved together as a team “, says Maier, who has played a total of 79 international matches (11 goals) since her debut in February 2013.


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