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Célia Šašić (German pronunciation: [ˈtseːlja ˈʃaːʃɪtʃ]; born 27 June 1988), née Okoyino da Mbabi, is a retired German footballer of Cameroonian and French ancestry. She played as a striker for SC 07 Bad Neuenahr, 1. FFC Frankfurt and the German national team before retiring in 2015.

Célia Šašić
Célia Okoyino da Mbabi 2012 1.jpg
Personal information
Full name Célia Šašić
(born Célia Okoyino da Mbabi)
Date of birth (1988-06-27) 27 June 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Bonn, West Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1993–2000 TuS Germania Hersel
2000–2001 SC Widdig
2002–2003 TuS Pützchen 05
2003–2004 FC St. Augustin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2013 SC 07 Bad Neuenahr 136 (97)
2013–2015 1. FFC Frankfurt 40 (42)
Total 176 (139)
National team
2004 Germany U17 13 (15)
2004–2005 Germany U19 12 (11)
2006 Germany U20 4 (2)
2005–2015 Germany 111 (63)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 July 2015 (UTC)[2]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:22, 5 July 2015 (UTC)[1]


Club careerEdit

Šašić began her career at the age of five at TuS Germania Hersel, after her older brother had taken her to a training session. After several clubs at junior level, Šašić joined the Bundesliga side SC 07 Bad Neuenahr in 2004. She quickly became a regular starter and an important player for the club. In 2005, Šašić received the Fritz Walter medal in bronze as the year's third best female junior player.[3] In March 2007, she suffered a fractured tibia in a league game against FC Bayern Munich, which ended her season. She had been the division's top-scorer up until then.

1. FFC FrankfurtEdit

In June 2013, she signed a three-year contract with 1. FFC Frankfurt.[4] She declined the option for the third year on her contract on 12 May 2015 and became a free agent at the end of the 2014–15 season.[5] On 16 July 2015, she announced her retirement at the age of 27.[6][7]

International careerEdit

Šašić held French citizenship through her mother. After the German Football Association had approached her, she became a German citizen at the beginning of 2004. Later that year, she was part of Germany's winning squad at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, scoring three goals in the group stage.[1]

In January 2005, Šašić made her debut for Germany's senior national team against Australia. She scored her first goal in a friendly match against Canada in September 2006. A tibia fracture ruled her out for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. She was part of Germany's squads claiming bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics and winning the title at the 2009 European Championship, where she scored in the semi-final against Norway. At both tournaments, she was a reserve player with limited playing time. Šašić was called up for the German 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad.[1] She was part of the victorious German team at UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[8]

She was part of the German team at FIFA Women's World Cup 2015. She scored a hat-trick in Germany's opening game against Ivory Coast on 7 June 2015, and would lead the tournament with six goals, scoring twice against Sweden in a 4-1 victory in the Round of 16, along with a penalty kick goal against France in the quarterfinals. However, she went on to miss a vital penalty kick versus the United States in the semifinals as Germany was eliminated. While Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the final to match Šašić's six and both had one assist, the tiebreaker regarding lesser playtime eventually gave Šašić the Golden Boot as the tournament top scorer.[9] She subsequently announced her retirement from football on 17 July 2015.[10]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first:



Personal lifeEdit

Šašić was born in Bonn, Germany, the daughter of a Cameroonian father and a French mother.[3] Her family name "da Mbabi" roughly means "(daughter) of Mbabi", while "Okoyino" derives from her father's grandmother. Because of her long name, she was the only women's Bundesliga player with only her first name on her jersey. However, in the national team, her full family name was displayed.[14]

In 2007, Šašić graduated with the Abitur diploma at the Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium in Bonn. Her majors were Sports and French. Since October 2009, she has been studying Cultural studies at the University of Koblenz and Landau.[14] In August 2013 she married the Croatian football player Marko Šašić, the son of Milan Šašić, and decided to use the name Célia Šašić.[15]

Šašić gave birth to her first child, a daughter, after retiring in 2016.


  1. ^ a b c d "Célia Okoyino da Mbabi" (in German). Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Célia Okoyino da Mbabi" (in German). Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c ""Fritz-Walter-Medaillen" an talentierte Junioren-Spieler verliehen" (in German). 12 October 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  4. ^ "1. FFC Frankfurt verpflichtet Celia Okoyino da Mbabi" (in German). Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Sasic kündigt Vertrag in Frankfurt - Zukunft offen". (in German). 12 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Germany's Celia Sasic retires at 27". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  7. ^ "WM-Torschützenkönigin Sasic beendet Karriere" (in German). Die Welt. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Das Team" (in German). Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Sasic: I would change this award for team success". 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Celia Sasic beendet ihre Laufbahn". (in German). 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  11. ^ German
  12. ^ "Šašić wins Best Women's Player Award". Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  13. ^ 2015 FIFPro Award
  14. ^ a b "Die Integrationsbeauftragte im Mittelfeld" (in German). 10 May 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Celia Okoyino da Mbabi heißt jetzt Celia Sasic" (in German). Rheinische Post. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.

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