TSG Hoffenheim Signs Promising Defensive Talent Sara Ritter, but Restrictions in Place for Integration

TSG Hoffenheim Signs Promising Defensive Talent Sara Ritter, but Restrictions in Place for Integration

TSG Hoffenheim has signed a promising defensive talent. German U-20 international player Sara Ritter comes from Norway. However, there are already restrictions in place for her to settle in.

Four games of Champions League experience at the age of 18: Sara Ritter. IMAGO/Bildbyran

Although no German club reached the quarter-finals of the last Women’s Champions League season, Sara Ritter did. With SK Brann from the Norwegian city of Bergen, the 18-year-old German was ultimately defeated by the mighty FC Barcelona (1:2/1:3), who also won the title a little later.

Ritter was substituted in both games and was able to perform at the highest possible level. She will now be in the spotlight much more regularly in her home country for the coming season. On Monday, TSG Hoffenheim announced that they had signed the U-20 national player until summer 2026.

U-20 World Cup as a brake on integration

“Sara has enormous potential and we are convinced of her future prospects,” says Stephan Lerch, sporting director of the TSG women’s team: “Despite her young age, she is already very calm on the ball, and we also see her strengths in building up play, passing with both feet and her athleticism, which also results in aggressive tackling.”

The fifth-placed team last season plans to use Ritter primarily in central defense. For SK Brann and the DFB U20s, she was used primarily on the outside. In 2021, she moved from Saarland to Norway because her family moved there.

“TSG Hoffenheim has already proven several times that it can develop young players and enable them to take their first steps in the Bundesliga,” says Ritter, who is already making restrictions on her settling in: “The long season in Norway and the U-20 World Cup (31 August to 22 September in Colombia, editor’s note) Unfortunately, the training courses will mean that I will miss parts of the preparation and the start of the season with TSG.”

2024-06-17 14:21:54
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