Rush Green Stadium. WSL West Ham United Women v Manchester City Women West Ham United Women v Manchester City Women WSL Football Match, Rush Green Stadium, London, UK - 13 Jan 2019 Photo: Alan Walter for The FA

West Ham United defender announces retirement from football

West Ham United defender Katharina Baunach has announced her retirement from football at the age of just 31 according to reports from The Hammers’ official club website.

The twice-capped German international has called time on her career at the end of her first season of football in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with The Hammers.

Baunach made 12 appearances in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League as a West Ham United player while she scored three goals which included a stunning double against Manchester United at Rush Green back in December, a game which the East Londoners won 3-2.

The defender is said to have been considering the option of retirement for some time and she has now come to the decision that the time is right to hang up her boots.

Baunach started her senior career in her homeland with SV 67 Weinberg before quickly being snapped up by Bayern Munich. The player spent 11 years with Bayern where she won two league titles as well at the DFB Pokal and the Bundesliga Cup.

Before moving to West Ham United in 2019, Baunach enjoyed two successful years with VfL Wolfsburg. She added two further Frauen-Bundesliga titles to her personal tally along with another two DFB Pokal winners’ medals. ¬†She was also a UEFA Women’s Champions League runner-up with the She-Wolves in 2017/2018.

West Ham United manager Matt Beard has given Baunach the most starts in the last three years of her career, allowing the defender plenty of game time before her retirement. Her final appearance came in the 4-2 victory over Liverpool at Rush Green in February.

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