Midfielder Lena Lotzen became European champion in 2013. Now the 27-year-old has ended her career. Too many injuries kept causing setbacks.
Former national soccer player Lena Lotzen has ended her career after years of bad luck with injuries. At the age of only 27, the ex-European champion from the second division club 1. FC Köln put an end to it with a heavy heart.
“I’m sad, the decision is of course very difficult for me,” said Lotzen, but explained with a view to her health: “I have the feeling that my knee is no longer stable enough for competitive sport, and I want my everyday life in the future without pain from consequential injuries. ” She would like to stay professionally connected to football.
Before moving to Cologne last summer, Lotzen had suffered a cruciate ligament rupture for the third time, and her medical records also include foot and ligament injuries. The hopes for another comeback were not fulfilled in the most recent rehabilitation phase.
In the national team, the winger made 25 appearances (4 goals) and celebrated the title win at the European Championships in Sweden in 2013. In 2012 she was awarded the Fritz Walter Gold Medal as the best young player.
Lotzen spent most of her career at Bayern Munich, with whom she won the championship twice, among other things. From there her way led via SC Freiburg to Cologne. Born in Würzburg, she scored 26 goals in 95 Bundesliga games.