After a two year absence, Germany’s Tina Bachmann looks set to make her return to international hockey in 2013.
According to an article on Dutch website Hockey.nl, the 34-year-old former captain was recalled to the Germany training squad last month by new coach Jamilon Mülders. Her return adds an experienced head to a talented but youthful group following the retirements of stalwarts Natascha Keller, Fanny Rinne, Kristina Reynolds and Janine Beermann after the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Bachmann – who plays her club hockey with Oranje Zwart in Eindhoven (NED) – last represented her country at the BDO FIH World Cup in 2010, where Germany finished fourth after losing their Bronze medal match against England.
"It's great that the coach has confidence in my abilities", Bachmann told Hockey.nl. "He brought me to the team not only for my game but also for my personality. I have a strong character, and it gives me a good feeling that beside my hockey skills he also chose me because of my personality."
The 2004 Olympic Gold Medallist admitted that the recall came as a complete surprise, having believed that her days as in international hockey players were very much in the past. "It was very strange to suddenly back on the pitch with the German national team. On the one hand I was very happy there again, but on the other hand it was a closed book for me. I thought it was weird and cool at the same time."
Source material: Hockey.nl
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