Early Tuesday morning Fatmire Alushi announced that she has decided to call it quits. The former Paris Saint-Germain player turned to her official Facebook and Instagram to make her announcement. End of an era for the 28-year-old German international.
Mrs. Alushi, formerly miss Bajramaj, has been on maternity leave after giving birth to her baby boy Arian late 2015. At first, she stated that she should be returning but she now explains a retirement is the only option for her to focus on her family. Since married to Enis Alushi, a football player and Kosovo representative, they struggled to find teams close to each other and they didn’t want to miss out on their son’s upbringing. Therefore, a difficult decision was made and she is hanging up her football shoes.
Did you know? During the fall of 2012, before they got married, the couple both suffered injuries only a few days apart.
The Kosovo born midfielder has collected an impressive resume. As a German international she has won the World Cup, Euro Cup and an Olympic bronze medal. At club level, she also holds double Champions League gold medals playing for Potsdam and Duisburg. Individually she was nominated for a Ballon d’Or back in 2010 but came in third. However, a year after the Germans awarded her with the “German female footballer of the year” award. And these are only a hand few of her awards. So when EA Sports finally introduced women to the FIFA games she was no new name to the football world.
From refugee Kosovo to world champion is not only her autobiography, it is also a message to people out there that anything is possible. She has become a pioneer and role model to many refugees and young girls. Hopefully she will keep inspiring us, just not on the pitch.