Women sign youth talent Clara Fröhlich – Pinther leaves Bayer 04

Further changes to the Bayer 04 Women’s squad: Germany U17 international Clara Fröhlich joins the Werkself with immediate effect from SSV Bergisch Born on a two-year contract. Meanwhile, the departure of Viktoria Pinther has been confirmed with the Austrian set to leave Leverkusen in the summer.

17-year-old Clara Fröhlich, is looking forward to the “new challenge” and hopes “to be able to show what she can do in the coming season,” has been training with the Bayer 04 Women’s team since the end of March. SSV Bergisch Born released Fröhlich from training as the club’s fixtures were suspended at the end of last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and then finally cancelled in April. The Remscheid-born player, who has represented Germany from the U15 team up, was playing in the U17 side in the Lower Rhine League.

“Bayer 04 are the first club for Clara in women’s football – and straightaway into the Bundesliga. A great and important step in her development. She has been able to pick up valuable experience up to now. We are certain she will fit into our team,” said Linda Schöttler, Women’s football general manager at Bayer 04.

Head coach Achim Feifel added: “In Clara, we are getting a young and talented player capable of development who is technically gifted and has a lot to offer. Despite her young age, she is very advanced in terms of fitness and we’re sure Clara will strengthen our defensive midfield.”


Viktoria Pinther is set to leave the club at the end of the season. The contract with the 22-year-old has not been renewed. The Austria international joined the Werkself Women last season and made eight league appearances for the Black and Reds. Schöttler: “We thank Viktoria for her time at Bayer 04 and wish her every success in the future on and off the pitch.”


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