Martin Hinteregger is retiring from football

By Rune Gjerulff

Out of nowhere, Martin Hinteregger decided to give up his career.

Martin Hinteregger.
Martin Hinteregger. Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0

Eintracht Frankfurt has announced that Martin Hinteregger is retiring from football with immediate effect.

At a personal meeting today, Hinteregger informed the club’s board of directors that he would like to end his career as a professional footballer and asked for his release from his contract, which expires in 2024.

After intensive talks with the player and his advisor Christian Sand, as well as after consultation with head coach Oliver Glasner, the board complied with this request and terminated the 29-year-old’s contract.

“I had my first thoughts of retiring after the season last fall. I was going through a difficult phase in terms of sport: my performance was inconsistent. The victories didn’t feel so good anymore, but every defeat hurt twice as much,” explained Hinteregger and continued:

“My performance boost in the spring and our joint success in the Europa League motivated me all the more to say goodbye with a great sporting success. I enjoyed the Europa League win because I knew at the time that it would be my last big win.” Celebrate with the amazing fans in this city that has become my second home Looking back with pleasure on my time at Eintracht, still feeling a strong connection to the club and its supporters and supporting the team as a fan he continues his journey through Europe.

“I would like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff, the team behind the team, all the staff and the sporting management for their trust, support and the fantastic time I’ve had here – especially the fans who always have my back stood up, especially in difficult times.”

Hinteregger’s decision comes after he was criticized for organizing a football tournament in Austria with right-wing politician Heinrich Sickl.

“A number of issues have arisen over the past few weeks related to the ‘Hinti Cup’, which I organized with passion and a clear conscience, the scope of which only became clear to me afterwards. Emotional, maybe thoughtless words from me have led to irritation and I would like to apologize for that. I very much regret this. To make it clear once again: I condemn right-wing, intolerant and inhuman ideas in the strongest terms. Anyone who knows me knows that. First of all, “It’s important to me to gain some distance and reorient my life. I’m grateful that Eintracht is now giving me the opportunity to take this step.”

The 29-year-old has played for RB Salzburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt over the course of his career.

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