Canberra United signs German Ace Hingst

Canberra United FC are pleased to announce Ariane Hingst as their first major new signing of the 2012/13 Westfield W-League season.

Canberra United FC are pleased to announce Ariane Hingst as their first major new signing of the 2012/13 Westfield W-League season. The highly experienced German international, who played with Newcastle Jets last season, joins Jitka Klimkova-s Championship winning team as they attempt to go back-to-back in Season Five.

“I am really happy about signing with Canberra United and playing yet another season in the Westfield W-League with one of the best teams,” Hingst announced from Germany where she is undergoing a vigorous fitness regime. “It's always a great challenge to be the one to be scouted and I can't wait to bring in all my skills and experience to help win the title. I already have great impressions about the professional work in Canberra and after being in contact with Head Coach Jitka Klimkova about pre season training, I can't wait to finally meet the team at the end of September and get the ball rolling again.”

One of the most decorated players in the history of the women-s game, German international defender/midfielder Ariane Hingst joins Canberra United for the 2012/13 season after enjoying a successful debut year in the Westfield W-League with the Jets for whom she played ten times.

First capped by her country in a 1996 international match against near-neighbours and fierce rivals the Netherlands, Hingst has, up to the beginning of the 2012/12 season, 174 caps to her name making her the 21st most capped women-s footballer of all time. Few however can claim to be as decorated. Two FIFA World Cup winners- medals and four European Championship winners medals bears testament to her influence on the game.

Canberra United CEO Heather Reid was delighted to be able to bring the experienced international into the Canberra ranks for their tilt at retaining the crown won in such epic fashion last season.

“Securing Ariane for Canberra United underlines our intentions for Westfield W-League Season Five,” Reid commented. “To be able to add such a decorated and capable player to our ranks will bolster our already strong line-up and we look forward to seeing Ariane in green for 2012/13.” Reid added that “Ari is no stranger to Canberra having first played here in the opening Olympic Games event in September 2000 when she helped Germany beat Australia 3-0 at Canberra Stadium. When I met with her to discuss terms for the W-League she complained about the cold weather at that time in the national capital. I-ve assured her it will be hot in summer so let-s hope we at least deliver on some fine weather for her and quality football”.

United expects to re-sign many of the players who were integral to the 2011/12 Westfield W-League Grand Final triumph over Brisbane Roar when they announce the squad in late September, but there will be some new faces in the ranks, not the least of which will be a new number one goal-keeper with Matildas- shot-stopper Lydia Williams out of action for the season following knee surgery.

“We will be announcing the core group of players shortly and will be adding to our squad after the Open Trials to be held in late September,” Reid confirmed. “We have some exciting marquee signings up our sleeve as well which will give Jitka [Klimkova] the ideal squad in preparation for the defence of the title.”

STATISTICS Name: Ariane Hingst Position: Defender / Midfielder Date of Birth: 25 July 1979 Place of Birth: Berlin, Germany Clubs: Hertha Zehlendorf, Lichterfelder FC, 1FC Turbine Potsdam, Djurgardens IF, 1FFC Frankfurt, Newcastle Jets Representative Honours: Germany Germany: 174 apps, 10 goals (debut: August 1996 v Netherlands) Notes: 1997—European Championship (Norway & Sweden, winners), 1999—FIFA World Cup (USA), 2000—Olympic Games (Sydney, Bronze), 2001—European Championships (Germany, winners), 2003—FIFA World Cup (USA, winners), 2004—Olympics (Athens, Bronze), 2005—European Championship (England, winners), 2007—FIFA World Cup (China, winners), 2009—European Championship (Finland, winners), 2011—FIFA World Cup (Germany) Club Honours: UEFA Cup—04/05, Bundesliga—03/04, 05/06, German Cup—03/04, 04/05, 05/06, 10/11