Linda Bresonik

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Linda Bresonik
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Bresonik playing for PSG in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Linda Bresonik
Date of birth (1983-12-07) 7 December 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Essen, West Germany
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder, wing back
Youth career
1988–1995 TuS 84/10 Essen
1995–2000 Grün-Weiß Schönebeck
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 FCR 2001 Duisburg 86 (22)
2005–2006 SC 07 Bad Neuenahr 5 (2)
2006–2008 SG Essen-Schönebeck 39 (20)
2008–2012 FCR 2001 Duisburg 69 (17)
2012–2015 Paris Saint-Germain 37 (20)
2015–2017 MSV Duisburg 28 (7)
2017 BV Cloppenburg 7 (0)
Total 271 (88)
National team
2002 Germany U-19
2001–2014 Germany 84 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Linda Bresonik (born 7 December 1983) is a German retired footballer. She played as a defensive midfielder or wing back.



Bresonik with Duisburg in 2010.

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.

Bresonik and Duisburg teammate Annike Krahn joined Paris Saint-Germain in July 2012, for a transfer fee described as "rekordverdächtig" (possibly record breaking).[1]

In 2015, she joined MSV Duisburg, before leaving for BV Cloppenburg in 2017.

She announced her retirement on 19 December 2017.[2]


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.[3]

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




  1. ^ Muchem, Marcus (26 July 2012). "Linda Bresonik offenbar vor Wechsel nach Paris" (in German). Women Soccer. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Linda Bresonik beendet Karriere". 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ ""Ich bin sehr flexibel" – WAZ-Interview mit Linda Bresonik" (in German). WAZ. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2011.

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