Bayern Munich announced two big transfers today for the back-to-back Frauen Bundesliga champions. FFC Frankfurt star Simone Laudehr is joining Bayern, while Eunice Beckmann will be departing Bayern and head to ply her trade in the United States.
Laudehr, 29, has won everything there is to win in the club game with one Bundesliga trophy, three DFB Pokal trophies, and two UEFA Champions League trophies. Add to this her World Cup title and two European Championships with Germany. Laudehr has spent the previous four seasons with Frankfurt and joins Dzsenifer Marozsan, who is joining Lyon, as major losses for Frankfurt already before next season.
"Simone knows how to win titles," General Manager Karin Danner. "This signing is another important building block for a successful future."
Bayern will be targeting far greater success in the Champions League next season and have target big name attacking players over the last two years to bulk up the squad. Laudehr, a Bavarian who played for Bayern for one season at the beginning of her career, could very well be the piece to get Bayern to the big show.
"Of course, for me it was also a matter of the heart as a native Bavarian, return to my home and to play for the club with which I then made the leap into the Bundesliga," Laudehr said. "Now I want to help the team with my experience to continue the great success internationally in the Champions League."
On the departure side, Bayern will be losing Beckmann to the Boston Breakers of the NWSL. The 24 year old will be leaving Bayern after two seasons in Munich
"I'm delighted that Eunice has decided to join the Boston Breakers. She is a player that I have been aware of for many years now. She has done well at Bayern and is another player that has won trophies, so she will bring that mentality to Boston," Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said.
Beckmann has seen a drastic reduce in playing time in Munich over the last year with Bayern bringing in stars like Nicole Rosler, Vero Boquete, and Sara Däbritz at a similar position. A move to the United States could be just what she needs to get her feet under her.
"I'm very excited to play in the states. I want to take the next step in my football career and my personal life. I would like to help the team achieve the goals of the season," Beckmann said. "I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in my footballing career and face the challenges that the Boston Breakers have in store for me. Also, I want to thank you, FC Bayern Munich, for an exciting and successful time in the Bundesliga."