German International Kim Kulig retires but stays in football

She fought with great ambition to continue her active career as a footballer, but the knee injury suffered at the 2011 World Cup has forced her out of the sport But she will remain with the football with the DFB Associate and ZDF as an expert in women’s football broadcasts.

As a 18-year old Kulig celebrated in 2009 their debut in the national team. The triumph at the European Championships in Finland in the same year was followed by 2010, the world title with the U 20 team of the DFB. In the meantime, the midfielder joined the then Women’s Bundesliga side Hamburger SV before moving to 1. FFC Frankfurt 2011th

With the World Cup in the quarter-finals suffered against the eventual champions Japan cruciate ligament in his right knee a career phase, which was marked by setbacks and comeback attempt began. Before the European Championship 2013 took place a further intervention, since the operated cruciate ligament was unstable. Despite intensive rehabilitation phase and comeback attempt Kulig gave competitive sports on – the Substitutes in a test match against FC Zurich during the FFC training camp in January 2015 was to be their last game for the current Champions League winners Been. Overall, they brought it to 33 A internationals.

Kulig: “transition to the new career is not difficult”

During her lengthy injury lay phase Kim Kulig the foundation for her “second career”: The budding sports Fachwirtin studied Sport Management and graduated in this context, an internship at the DFB. For Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada, the ZDF secured the services of Kim Kulig – with positive feedback from fans and television makers. Therefore Kulig ZDF expert remains in the first European Championship qualifier in Halle / Saale against Hungary on Friday (from 16 clock), it is once again live.

Moreover, the 33-time German international is from 1 October 2015 a full-time position in the DFB headquarters attire: in the department “teams and talent”, which is located in the Directorate for Women and Girls Football.

Kim Kulig: “Although it is not easy for me to draw a definitive line under my playing career, I now look forward to interesting and challenging projects, which lie in front of me I have done everything to get back on the court, however. holding my knee the pressures of competitive sport simply no longer stand. With my activities as an employee of the DFB and the editorial team of ZDF but I remain the football in various capacities receive, so that the transition to the new career is not difficult for me. ”


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