Bresonik playing for PSG in 2013.
|Full name||Linda Bresonik|
|Date of birth||7 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Essen, West Germany|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder, wing back|
|1988–1995||TuS 84/10 Essen|
|2000–2005||FCR 2001 Duisburg||86||(22)|
|2005–2006||SC 07 Bad Neuenahr||5||(2)|
|2008–2012||FCR 2001 Duisburg||69||(17)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Bresonik began her career at the age of five at TuS 84/10 Essen, before moving to Grün-Weiß Schönebeck in 1995. She joined FCR 2001 Duisburg in 2000 and made her Bundesliga debut for the club. In the 2004–05 season, Duisburg finished runner-up in the league. After a falling out with the club, Bresonik transferred to Bundesliga side SC 07 Bad Neuenahr in 2005, but she only appeared in five matches there. One year later she moved to SG Essen-Schönebeck, where she played for two seasons.
In 2008, Bresonik returned to FCR 2001 Duisburg. During her second stint at the club, she had her biggest success at club level, winning the UEFA Women's Cup in the 2008–09 season. She also won the German Cup twice with Duisburg and finished runner-up in the 2009–10 Bundesliga season.
She announced her retirement on 19 December 2017.
Bresonik won the UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship with Germany in 2000. Two years later she came third at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. Bresonik scored in the penalty shoot-out of the third place play-off. She made her debut for the German senior national team in May 2001 against Italy. Less than two months later, Bresonik won her first major international title at the 2001 European Championship. At the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, Bresonik suffered a muscle injury in Germany's second group match. She left the team and returned to Germany, and later only received a third of the pre-arranged winning bonus. Bresonik did not play for the national team for almost four years afterwards.
She eventually returned to the national team at the Four Nations Tournament in January 2007 and was part of Germany's squad that won the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. She started in all of the team's six matches. Alongside Kerstin Stegemann, Annike Krahn and Ariane Hingst, Bresonik was part of Germany's defence which did not concede a single goal in the entire tournament. She won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and helped Germany in winning the country's seventh title at the 2009 European Championship. Bresonik was part of Germany's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad.
- FCR 2001 Duisburg
- UEFA Women's Cup: Winner 2008–09
- Bundesliga: Runner-up 2004–05, 2009–10
- German Cup: Winner 2008–09, 2009–10, Runner-up 2002–03
- FIFA Women's World Cup: Winner 2003, 2007
- UEFA Women's Championship: Winner 2001, 2009
- Summer Olympic Games: Bronze medal 2008
- FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup: Third-place 2002
- UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship: Winner 2000
- Muchem, Marcus (26 July 2012). "Linda Bresonik offenbar vor Wechsel nach Paris" (in German). Women Soccer. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "Linda Bresonik beendet Karriere". dfb.de. 19 December 2017.
- ""Ich bin sehr flexibel" – WAZ-Interview mit Linda Bresonik" (in German). WAZ. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
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