Status: 07.12.2023, 20:52 PM
By: Jannek Ringen
The DFB has made an important decision. Nia Künzer will become sporting director for women's football in the new year.
Frankfurt – After the weak World Cup in the summer and the departure of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, German women's football should return to calmer waters. The DFB assigns the task to world champion Nia Künzer. The 43-year-old will be the new sporting director of women's football.
|Nia Tsholofelo Künzer
|January 18, 1980 (age 43), Mochudi, Botswana
|SG Praunheim, 1. FFC Frankfurt
|International Matches (Goals):
Nia Künzer becomes the "Golden Girl" at the 2003 World Championships
In her active professional career, Künzer played for 1. With the Hessian club, she won seven German championships and also won the DFB Cup seven times. Between 1997 and 2003, the defensive specialist made a total of 34 appearances for the German national team and made herself immortal at the 2003 World Cup at the latest.
In the World Cup final against Sweden, Künzer scored the golden goal and led the DFB team to their first World Cup title in history, which is why they were nicknamed the "Golden Girl" by the media. In 2008, she ended her active career after four cruciate ligament ruptures. After that, the now 43-year-old worked as a TV expert for ARD and as head of department at the Giessen Regional Council.
Nia Künzer will become sporting director for women's football at the DFB in the new year. © IMAGO / Sven Simon
Nia Künzer appointed sporting director of women's football at the DFB
As the DFB announced on Thursday, Künzer will become sporting director for women's football from 1 January 2024. As a result, the World Cup winner is responsible for the women's national team and the women's U20 team. This was decided unanimously by the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders' Meeting of the DFB.
The position was newly created in order to bring more competence into the team and to better distribute the tasks. Previously, Joti Chatzialexiou was responsible for this area as Sporting Director National Teams.
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DFB President Neuendorf speaks of "high social competence and profound football knowledge"
DFB President Bernd Neuendorf is delighted to welcome the 2003 World Cup winner to the DFB. "Nia Künzer is an ideal candidate for the position of DFB sporting director," he said in the association's press release. "Her critical eye, her ability to bring in other perspectives, her high level of social competence and her profound knowledge of football will help us move forward in this area, which is a high priority for the DFB," added Neuendorf, underlining the qualities of the 43-year-old.
Künzer herself also emphasized the importance of her task. "I am very much looking forward to this task and would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in me. There are major challenges ahead of us. Women's football has great potential and our national team is an important flagship for our sport," said the 34-time international. At the start of the new year, Künzer will take up her task. (jari)