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Saskia Bartusiak Retires From International Football

Olympic Champion Saskia Bartusiak has announced her retirement from Germany Women’s National Team.

Captain of the German WNT, Saskia Bartusiak notified Silvia Neid and the soon to be new head coach Steffi Jones that the Rio 2016 Olympics would be her last tournament for the national team.

Saskia said on the DFB website: “I think that it is the right time for me. I can look back on my career with pride, and I have made many friends in the side. It was an incredible time in the national team, and it always meant an huge amount to me to be a part of these wonderful teams. I have come to know many wonderful people in my near-ten years with the national team. Many of them will remain in my heart, which to me reflects what a wonderful time I have had in the team.”

At 33-years old Bartusiak has had a successful career with Germany, she made her debut in 2007 and went on to earn 101 caps. She became a World Champion (2007), European Champion (2009 and 2011) and an Olympic Gold medallist (2016). Bartusiak succeeded Nadine Angerer as captain after the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Bartusiak will continue her domestic football career as defender with German club 1.FFC Frankfurt.

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