Magdalena Eriksson & Pernille Harder's Fresh Start with Bayern Munich
Magdalena Eriksson, the Swedish defender for Bayern Munich, has shared her excitement about relocating to Germany alongside her Danish partner and teammate, Pernille Harder. As they gear up to compete in the Frauen Bundesliga, their move marks a fresh start in their careers after leaving the English Women's Super League club Chelsea earlier in the year. They officially announced their transfer to Munich on June 1.
Reflecting on their transition, Eriksson expressed that the past two weeks, or rather a week and a half since their arrival, have been quite eventful. They've had to adapt to new surroundings, learn the German language, and process the changes. In an online briefing with reporters before the start of the season, Eriksson, who is 30 years old, said, "It's been really good, I'm really excited. It's like I'm 10 years younger again, like a new kid coming to class in school, and it's a good experience for me." She also highlighted her recent achievement of winning a bronze medal at the World Cup, which added to her excitement.
Pernille Harder, also 30, has prior Bundesliga experience from her successful stint with VfL Wolfsburg before Chelsea signed her for a reported £250,000 ($310,300.00). Having played both as a striker and a playmaker for Denmark in the World Cup, where they reached the last 16 before being defeated by hosts Australia, Harder expressed her willingness to embrace a versatile role at Bayern as the reigning champions.
"I think everybody knows that I like to play as an offensive midfielder but I can both get the balls at my feet and also run deep, so I like to do both," she explained regarding her playing style.
Bayern Munich narrowly clinched the title last season, edging out Harder's former club, Wolfsburg, by just two points. Despite their illustrious careers, neither Harder nor Eriksson has secured a Champions League trophy. However, they downplayed the importance of trophies and emphasized their focus on enjoying the game, trusting the process, taking one match at a time, and continuing to develop individually and as a team.
In summary, Magdalena Eriksson and Pernille Harder are enthusiastic about their new chapter in Germany, where they aim to contribute to Bayern Munich's success in the Frauen Bundesliga while enjoying their football journey.