One of the biggest names in German women’s football has called time on her career. Olympic gold medallist Annike Krahn will retire at the end of the season. Her club Bayer Leverkusen announced the news on Tuesday.
“I’ve been thinking about calling it a day this summer for a while and I think now is the right time,” said the Germany international. “I’m very grateful for the many amazing moments that I’ve had through football. I’ve got to know some incredible people and had some fantastic experiences both at home and abroad. I now look forward to being able to spend more time with my family and friends and to finding a new career path.”
The 31-year-old who has won 137 caps for Germany retired from international duty after the Rio Olympics last summer. Krahn ended an illustrious international career which included winning Olympic gold in Rio, the 2007 World Cup and the 2009 and 2013 European Championships. At club level she won the DFB Pokal with FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2009 and 2010 and also won the 2009 UEFA Women’s Cup.
She transferred from Duisburg to Paris Saint-Germaine in France and subsequently won the 2015 Women’s Champions League in Berlin.
“Annike has had an incredibly long and successful career with the highlight being winning gold in Rio in 2016. We must congratulate her on this achievement,” said her coach Verena Hagedorn. “She is a very professional player who brings experience and supports the younger players. She’s an example on and off the field. I wish her every success for the future and hope that she stays involved in football in some capacity.”
Annike Krahn will play her last official match on Sunday 21st May (14:00 CEST) at the Nachwuchsleistungszentrum Kurtekotten on the final day of the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga season against SC Freiburg.