National Women's Soccer League

German striker Celia Sasic retires

Golden Boot winner Celia Sasic announced her retirement from soccer on her Facebook page Thursday, citing that she wanted to focus on family and her education. from soccer, she announced on her official Facebook page yesterday.

“I want to finish my studies, sort out my career path, start a family and a lot more.” she said.

The striker scored six goals in the World Cup, including a hat trick against Ivory Coast and two goals in Germany’s 4-1 victory over Sweden in the Round of 16. She scored the tying goal against France and then converted the fifth and final penalty kick in Germany’s quarterfinal penalty kick shootout victory over France. In the following game, she failed to convert a second-half penalty kick with the game still goalless. The United States used the momentum to upset Germany, 2-0, then the English upset the Germans in the third-place game.

German national team coach Silvia Neid expressed understanding for the 27-year-old’s decision.

“I regret Celia’s decision, but she also understands that football is not everything in life and there always comes a moment in life when you need to focus on other priorities,” she said. “For us, it’s a huge loss because Celia is an outstanding personality leaving behind huge footprints. She was always a role model, on and off the pitch.”

Sasic made 111 appearances for Germany after debuting in 2005. She was a member of the German squad that hosted the 2011 World Cup but was not a member of the 2007 World Cup-winning team due to a tibia fracture. The striker played for FFC Frankfurt since 2013, scoring 42 goals in 40 appearances and winning the 2015 Champions League and the 2014 DFB Cup. She declined the third-year option in her contract this May.

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