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"I'd like to thank Bayern"

Heiko Schaffartzik leaves FC Bayern Basketball

Heiko Schaffartzik is to leave FC Bayern Basketball. After two seasons with the club his contract has expired. The Germany national captain transferred to Bayern in the summer of 2013 and after only one season he celebrated winning the championship. "I’d like to thank FC Bayern Basketball for two awesome years, and for many unforgettable moments," said the 31-year-old, who is currently training with the German squad in preparation for the 2015 European Championship (5th – 20th September). "I’d especially like to thank the Munich fans and the management team, whose constant support means a lot to me. I’ll start afresh, and I wish FC Bayern all the best and a very successful future."

FCBB chief executive Marko Pesic thanked Schaffartzik for his tremendous input. "People going their separate ways is just a part of competitive sports. But in the case of Heiko, it won’t alter the fact that he’ll always have a specials place in our hearts, due to his commitment and his personality. We will remain in contact with him, and who knows what the future holds."

Heiko Schaffartzik competed in 91 Bundesliga games for Bayern, and achieved an average scoring rate of 7.8 points per game. In the 2013/14 season, the playmaker belonged to the core of the team, which brought the title back to Munich for the first time in 59 years. His long-distance throws were unforgettable, especially in the deciding fourth playoff in Berlin (75:62). In the Championship-winning year, the Guard scored 8.4 points and provided 2.6 assists. Last season, he achieved an average of 7.2 points, and 3.2 assists for the runners-up. In the Euroleague, after two years and a total of 32 games, his average rate was 6.8 points, and 2.8 assists.