Two weeks ago, Harder and Eriksson won the FA Cup with Chelsea
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Three days after winning the German championship, the upheaval is in full swing for FC Bayern's women's footballers. With the signing of Swedish defender Magdalena Eriksson and Danish attacker Pernille Harder, the Munich team have signed two top international players from Chelsea. Both signed a contract until 2026, as the Munich women announced.
FC Bayern, who had failed in the DFB-Pokal semi-finals against eventual cup winners VfL Wolfsburg and were defeated by Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, had hoped for more returns this season. A double would be new territory for the Bayern women. Not to mention a treble of championship, cup victory and premier class coup. New players should provide more consistency. The transfer of Katharina Naschenweng from Hoffenheim was already certain.
For Harder, who has twice been named European Footballer of the Year, it is a return to the Bundesliga. The Danish striker played for VfL Wolfsburg from 2017 to 2020, scoring 114 times in 105 games. In 2020, she became the first non-German to be voted Footballer of the Year in Germany. Defender Eriksson has been playing for the Blues since 2017 and has been captain there since 2019. The change in a double pack offered itself to the players: privately, the two women are a couple.
Eriksson: "The potential is huge"
Eriksson himself said of the move that the potential was "simply huge". Another reason for her move to Munich was that "I've never heard so many good things about a club from former club players". All of her Swedish teammates enjoyed their time in Munich.
"Today is a great day for FC Bayern because we've managed to bring two players of this quality to FC Bayern, who are outstanding personalities not only on the pitch but also off it," said head of department Bianca Rech.