Martin Hinteregger (30) does not regret retiring from professional football last summer. He now has a “completely different, but far better life,” said the former ÖFB team player in an interview with the German “Sport Bild” (Wednesday). The Carinthian is not planning to return in another role for the time being. “In professional football again I meet people who don’t want the best in you,” he said. “And I can’t imagine working as a coach.”
The former legionnaire of Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, who now plays in the 5th division at his home club Sirnitz, had won the Europa League with Eintracht last season and, surprisingly for many, announced his resignation shortly afterwards. He can now lead a free life, is no longer determined by others and no longer has to work through weekly schedules. “I needed it badly. I really only got down two or three weeks ago,” said Hinteregger.
He would only be wistful if he had the chance to win a German championship with Frankfurt. “It would be bigger than becoming world champion,” said the former favorite of Eintracht fans, who believes the Hessians will be able to win the title in the near future. Two years ago he said to the then Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter: “The next champion, who is not called Bayern, will be Eintracht.”
Shortly before his resignation, Hinteregger was in need of explanation in the media due to his business relationship with the former FPÖ councilor Heinrich Sickl. The defense attorney eventually ended the relationship and demarcated to the right. “A lot hit me, but looking back it wasn’t even a trifle,” said Hinteregger now.
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