Wed, 05/07/23, 15:00
FC Bayern Women sign Jill Baijings
FC Bayern Women have signed Jill Baijings from Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The 22-year-old all-rounder has agreed a contract with the club until 2026. "Bayern Munich is a big club where attractive football is played and where I can develop further. That convinced me," said the Netherlands international.
Bundesliga and DFB Cup appearances
Baijings has been playing in the Women's Bundesliga since the 2020/2021 season, initially at SGS Essen and most recently at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. She’s scored 10 goals in a total of 71 appearances in the league and DFB Cup, and the move to FC Bayern is the next step for the young talent. FC Bayern Women technical director Francisco De Sá Fardilha: "We’ve been closely following Jill’s development since her arrival in Germany. She’s made many appearances in the Bundesliga and has delivered impressively consistent performances in her games."
Baijings moves to the Isar as Leverkusen Women's top scorer last season. In Munich, the versatile player will wear the number 18, and she can’t wait for the season to start: "I’m looking forward to competing for titles with FC Bayern and playing in the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time. Teammates from the national team who have already signed for FCB have told me nothing but positive things about Munich.”
Flexibility and a positive attitude
Baijings can be deployed across different positions. De Sá Fardilha knows how the all-rounder will help FCB Women in the coming season: "Her flexibility and understanding of the game are very important for our way of playing football. Jill also has terrific pace and is able to finish impressively from different areas. With her desire to constantly improve and her positive energy, she will become a valuable part of the team."
The arrival of the Dutch midfielder also means head coach Alexander Straus’ side has a new left-footed player. Baijings describes herself as a "... creative player with technical skills who, with her positive attitude, always gives her all for the team."
World Cup with the Netherlands
Baijings will travel to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with the Dutch national team before joining FC Bayern Women in Munich for pre-season training. De Sá Fardilha: "With the increasing number of domestic and international games, we want to strengthen our squad in depth and create stability. This will give us the best possible chance of being successful and winning titles."
New signings Harder and Eriksson at the FC Bayern Campus: