Hinteregger won the Europa League with Frankfurt and retires a month later, at the age of 29

Hinteregger won the Europa League with Frankfurt and retires a month later, at the age of 29

Martin Hinteregger was a key player in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2021-22 Europa League title and a month after achieving glory, he announced his retirement from football.

Hinteregger won the Europa League with Frankfurt and retires a month later, at the age of 29

Martin Hinteregger announced that he is retiring from football after winning the Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt. (Photo: EFE)

The Eintracht Frankfurt squad showed a high level of football in the Europa League and became champion of the competition in the 2021-22 season. Martin Hinteregger was key in winning the title, despite not playing in the final against Rangers due to injury, and revealed a surprising piece of news a month after the celebration: he is retiring from football.

The information was revealed by the “Eagles” through social networks and the fans did not hide their regret, since the Austrian athlete is only 29 years old and was a starter in coach Oliver Glasner's scheme. “This decision deserves the utmost respect. Thanks for everything Hinti! We wish you all the best for the future”, the club wrote in the statement.

In the same way, Martin Hinteregger confessed that the last cycle was not so pleasant on a personal level, despite the success achieved. “Last fall I had my first thoughts about retiring after the season. I found myself in a difficult phase in sporting terms: my performance fluctuated. The wins didn't feel so good anymore, but every loss hurt twice as much”, the defender told his team's press area.

I really enjoyed the victory in the Europa League, because then I knew that it would be my last big celebration with the fantastic fans of this city, which has become my second home. I will only remember my time at Eintracht with great joy and gratitude”, added the defender, who also starred in non-sports issues in his career.

Hinteregger thanked for the “trust and support in difficult times”, to the managers, technical command and their colleagues at the Frankfurt institution. In addition, Martin took the opportunity to apologize for the discussions with the press and distanced himself from the extreme right ideology, after organizing the 'Hinti Cup' with the presence of a controversial Austrian politician.

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Hinteregger says goodbye to Frankfurt

Hinteregger's emotional farewell through his social networks: “Thank you for how you received me in Frankfurt, how you became the Hinti Army, how they supported me in the stadium, how they dealt with the missed penalty against Chelsea, how they celebrated the European Cup with me… I will never forget everything. Thanks!

It feels good for me to finish my race today. I want to spend time with my family, hunt, fish and have fun with friends in the city of Carinthia. I will always be connected with the 'Eagles' in my heart! Thank you for everything, also for your understanding. Hinti”.