SCOTLAND forward Lisa Evans has revealed she will join Bayern Munich in the summer. The 22-year-old from Perth could leave Turbine Potsdam as a German Cup winner as her club qualified for the final with a 2-1 win over Champions League semi-finalists FFC Frankfurt on Wednesday.
“I’ve been talking to Bayern for a few months,” Evans said. “I went down to Munich to visit them and was really impressed. I think they play the best football in the Bundesliga.”
Evans’s statement is borne out by Bayern’s top-of-the-table position with just three games remaining – although Wolfsburg and Frankfurt, who both have four games left, are also contenders. Regardless of how the results fall, Bayern should be assured of one of the two German places in next season’s Champions League.
Evans’ move follows an injury-ravaged season for the former Glasgow City player, who is deployed in a front three for Potsdam but usually plays wide on the left for Scotland. What first appeared to be shin splints was later diagnosed as a stress fracture, and although she played in both of Scotland’s disappointing World Cup play-off matches against the Netherlands in October, she wasn’t fully fit.
The former St Johnstone Girls player missed last month’s Cyprus Cup but has returned to the Potsdam team and is in the Scotland squad for next Thursday’s friendly against Australia at the Falkirk Stadium.
“I’ve missed it a lot,” she said of her recent absences from international duty. “I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again.”
Although Evans is leaving a far more successful club – Potsdam have won six Bundesliga titles since 2004 and won the Champions League twice – the potential of a successful Bayern Munich side is obvious. The women’s team have their own 10,000-seater stadium and have been rejuvenated under 33-year-old coach Thomas Worle, who has assembled a remarkably cosmopolitan squad with players from nine different countries even before Evans’ arrival.
“In previous years they have always threatened in the league but fallen away through not having the experience,” Evans pointed out. “They have brought in Melanie Behringer [a German midfielder with more than 100 caps] as captain and that, added to the depth of squad they have, has made a huge difference.”
Before she leaves Potsdam, who have a slim chance of snatching a Champions League spot, Evans has the German Cup final against Wolfsburg at Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion to anticipate.
“It’s going to be very exciting,” she said of the game on 1 May, “and it would mean a lot to have a winners’ medal. It would be the first thing I’ve won in Germany.”
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