13/04/2024

Larissa Crummer has confirmed her retirement. (Photo: Brisbane Roar)

Matildas forward Larissa Crummer announced her immediate retirement from football on live broadcast after her club team bowed out of the Champions League.

In a shock announcement, Crummer confirmed the news after her club, SK Brann, lost to Barcelona 3-1 in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

It is understood that the media present believed it was her final game representing SK Brann. However, she later informed them it was actually her “last match ever”.

“It is actually my last match ever. I have actually decided to retire,” she told Bergens Tidende.

“It was quite an emotional finish. When I was thanking the fans, it got very emotional. I am happy to finish here on such a high in a quarter-final in the Champions League.

“I think it’s everyone’s dream to play in these kind of finals and I’m glad I made the decision to come here and play for Brann.”

Starting her professional senior career with Sydney FC in 2012, Crummer would go on to play with three more A-League clubs – Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City, and Newcastle Jets – and had overseas stints with the Seattle Reign FC and SK Brann.

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Only 28, Crummer has managed to make 33 appearances for the Matildas between 2015-23 after a successful youth career with the Young Matildas squad.

Most recently, she was named by Tony Gustavsson in Australia’s 29-player provisional Women’s World Cup squad in June 2023.

“It’s definitely emotional,” Crummer added on her decision to retire.

“I’ve given 28 years to football, so it’s just time to switch it round and be a good mum and be there for the family for once.

“It definitely wasn’t an easy decision.”

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