Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsán and France’s Sarah Bouhaddi will join OL Reign in June.
By Alex Holmes
The NWSL will add a little extra international flair to its game when two of the top soccer players in the world arrive in Seattle.
Willkommen, Dzsenifer Marozsán, and bienvenue, Sarah Bouhaddi, to the NWSL.
The two will finish the 2020-2021 season with European powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais and then join the OL Reign in the early summer. Their loan begins in June and runs through December 2021.
Marozsán is a midfielder who holds over a decade of experience with the German national team. She was born in Budapest, Hungary, but moved to Germany as a young girl. Her professional debut came in 2007 with FC Saarbrücken. At the time, she was only 14 years old and the youngest player to compete in the Women’s Bundesliga.
Her club career continued with a move to Frankfurt, where she starred for FFC Frankfurt from 2009 to 2016. She captured her first UEFA Women’s Champions League championship with FFC Frankfurt in 2015. One year later, Marozsán left her home in Germany to play for Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France. She has contributed to the club’s successful tradition, winning four Division 1 Féminine titles, three Coupe de France titles, and four UEFA Women’s Champions League titles with Lyon.
Since debuting with the German national team in 2010, Marozsán has earned over 100 caps with her country. After winning the 2013 UEFA Women’s Euro championship, Marozsán helped the Germans win their first Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer by scoring the gaming-winning goal in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“It’s an incredible chance for me to join OL Reign and be one of the first to benefit from the bond between the two clubs. I am very happy and looking forward to discovering the American league,” Marozsán said in a Lyon press release.
Sarah Bouhaddi hails from Cannes, France, and has earned 149 caps with the French national team since her debut with Les Bleues in 2004. The 34-year-old goalkeeper was a member of four French World Cup squads (2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) and has competed in the last two Olympic Games (2012, 2016). In 2020, Bouhaddi was recognized as The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper.
Bouhaddi is a long-time member of Lyon and her resume since joining the club in 2009 speaks for itself. Bouhaddi and Lyon have won the domestic league Division 1 Féminine 11 times, the Coupe de France eight times, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League seven times.
“Since I was a little child, I have watched the U.S. national team. They are way ahead of what is happening in Europe. The American league and the fans have made me dream about playing in the U.S., but I didn’t come just to have a dream—I came to learn, to discover a new experience, and above all, to win as many matches as possible and win the championship,” Bouhaddi said in an OL Reign press release.
Marozsán and Bouhaddi will join a talented OL Reign roster that features Megan Rapinoe, Shirley Cruz, Allie Long, and Tziarra King. The OL Reign are currently in last place of the NWSL’s West Division standings through two games into the 2021 Challenge Cup.
The OL Groupe, which is the parent company of Olympique Lyonnais, acquired the NWSL’s Seattle Reign in 2020, which was renamed to the OL Reign. Olympique Lyonnais became the sister club to the OL Reign, and Bouhaddi and Marozsán will be two of the first players to make the trip from Lyon to Seattle.