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Gina Lewandowski to leave Bayern Munich for the USA

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After seven years with Bayern Munich, the veteran defender will return to the USA for family reasons.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Lieke Martens of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Gina Lewandowski of FC Bayern Munich during the UEFA Women's Champions League semi final second Leg match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich at at Mini Estadi on April 28, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
Gina Lewandowski in action in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi final against FC Barcelona, April 28, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.
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There will soon be one less Lewandowski at Säbener Straße: seven-year veteran of the Bayern Munich women’s team Gina Lewandowski (34) has decided to return to her home, the USA, at the end of the season for family reasons (FCBayern.com). Just last November, Lewandowski had extended her contract a year until June 30, 2020.

Lewandowski said,

The last seven years in Munich will always be a good memory for me. I’ve grown here as a player and a person — on and off the pitch. It was an honor for me to stand on the field with such magnificent players and to train under the best coaches in Europe.

The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, native joined Bayern in 2012. She one the German championship with Bayern in 2015 and 2016. She previously played for 1. FFC Frankfurt from 2007 to 2012, with whom she won a treble in the 2007-2008 season (the UEFA Women’s Cup, the German Cup, and the Frauen Bundesliga) and the German Cup again in 2010-2011.

Lewandowski played 146 games for the Bayern Frauen, scoring 22 goals. She also was engaged in charitable projects off the pitch, including collaboration with her men’s team colleague Rafinha on a project for clean drinking water in Kenyan schools and a girls’ soccer camp in Tunisia in 2018. Lewandowski said,

I’m happy and grateful that I was able to take part in the fantastic development of women’s soccer at FC Bayern. I wish my teammates, the coaches, and the club a lot of success and all the best for the future.

The club will bid Lewandowski farewell at their last home game of the season against SC Freiburg on Sunday (May 5).

Pfiat di, Gina! Alles gute!