Football fans need to be strong now! Martin Hinteregger ends his active professional career. This was announced by his club Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. The Carinthian is giving up his football boots at the age of only 29. Most recently, “Hinti” wrote negative headlines. First, the Carinthian celebrated all night after winning the Europa League. He also missed the farewells of some Eintracht colleagues, including his compatriot Stefan Ilsanker. He also caused a stir with various statements in interviews. Compared to the “Krone”, the ÖFB team defender said that Eintracht initially wanted him to go in the summer.
The cooperation with the former Graz municipal councilor Heinrich Sickl (FPÖ) as part of the “Hinti Cup” also caused a stir. Sickl rented premises to Identitarians. Hinteregger distanced himself from Sickl on Instagram. Nevertheless, he showed up at the “Hinti Cup” and mixed in with the audience. On Wednesday there was therefore a meeting with the club leadership.
The board of Eintracht Frankfurt has thus complied with the player’s request to release him from the obligations of his employment contract early. Originally, his contract would have run until June 30, 2024. “I had my first thoughts about retiring after the season last fall. I found myself in a difficult phase in terms of sport: my performance was fluctuating. The victories didn’t feel so good anymore, but every defeat hurt twice as much. My performance boost in the spring and our joint successes in the Europa League motivated me all the more to say goodbye with a great sporting success,” Hinteregger is quoted as saying on the Frankfurt website.
Hinteregger also commented on the extensive party after winning the Europa League: “I enjoyed the victory in the Europa League so much because I knew then that it would be my last big victory celebration with the fantastic fans in this city. which has become my second home. I will only think back to my time at Eintracht with great gratitude and joy, continue to feel a close connection to the club and its supporters and support the team as it continues through Europe as a fan.”
Finally, the defender thanked all employees at Frankfurt: “I would like to thank my teammates, the coaching team, the team behind the team, all employees and the sporting management for the trust, support and the fantastic time I am experiencing here I was allowed to – above all, I thank the fans who have always had my back, especially in difficult times.”
Hinteregger played for Eintracht Frankfurt for three and a half years and made 138 competitive appearances for the Adlerträger (14 goals, six assists). The central defender has played 67 international matches for Austria so far. He recently missed the games in the Nations League under neo-team boss Ralf Rangnick due to an injury.