Golden Shoe Tine De Caigny leaves Anderlecht: Red Flame is heading for strong German competition

Gouden Schoen Tine De Caigny verlaat Anderlecht: Red Flame trekt naar sterke Duitse competitie

Anderlecht will have to do without Tine De Caigny (23) next season. The Red Flame opts for a foreign adventure at Hoffenheim.

It will be the second time that the current Golden Shoe leaves Belgium. After passages at Club Brugge and Lierse, she was barely 19 when she left for the Norwegian Valerenga in 2016. She scored there in her debut match and seemed to be on her way to the status of a Tessa Wullaert or Janice Cayman, but her progression stalled. Six months after her arrival she left Norway again.

Since then she has won the Belgian national title three times with Anderlecht and also a fourth in a row beckons as the Purple & White dominate the Super League with a perfect 42 out of 42. De Caigny has already scored 21 goals this season and is a royal couple with Wullaert (28 goals).

Photo: GEERT TRESIGNIE

“In Belgium I work two days a week in a sports shop to make ends meet. Hopefully, Belgium can make the step to professional football, just like the Netherlands. Ultimately, we work just as hard for it as the men, ”said the Red Flame after her election as Golden Shoe.

And now she chooses, as expected, for the step to a professional life abroad. To the strong German competition. Hoffenheim is currently third in the Frauen-Bundesliga, after Bayern and Wolfsburg. The club was founded in 2007 and plays in the Dietmar-Hopp-Stadium (6,350 seats).

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