The Bayern Munich Frauen have extended the contract of Jovana Damnjanović through 2023.
“I’m overjoyed and looking forward to the coming years at FC Bayern. I knew I wanted to stay at Bayern and when the club offered it to me, I said yes straight away,” said Damnjanović to FCBayern.com. “It really means a lot to me that FCB has confidence in me even after my serious injury. It shows me that even at a time when I could not be on the pitch, I am an integral part of this team.”
Damnjanović is known for greeting her teammates with a “Hey Bro”, which is why her ceremonial jersey has “Bro” on it. (Editor’s Note: I LOVE this)
Damnjanović, a 26-year-old striker, suffered a cruciate ligament tear in the Champions League quarterfinal against Olympique Lyon, but has recently returned to training.
“I have been training with the team again for a few days and I am very happy about it. The team has fully supported me from day one over the past eight months and has always been there for me,” said Damnjanović. “I have learned a lot in the past few months. The most important thing is that we all stay healthy and stick together. I’ve learned to appreciate just being able to be on the field. That’s the best feeling you can have.”
Frauen sporting director Bianca Rech was ecstatic to be able to keep Damnjanović on Säbener Straße.
“We are really happy to continue to have Jovi in our ranks. Jovi brings so much energy, is an incredibly great character and can carry a team. She is an important building block for achieving our goals,” said Rech.
Frauen manager Jens Scheuer was equally happy.
“Jovi is a total team player. Even during her injury, she always supported us fully and gave a lot back. And did that at a time when things weren’t going so well for her personally. That shows what a great person she is,” said Scheuer. “Jovi is an aggressive offensive player who displays an incredible willingness to run. She was also doing great before her injury, tying up balls well. That’s why I’m really looking forward to when Jovi can help us in competitive matches again in the near future.”