Emanuel Antener, star at Floorball Köniz and the Swiss national team, has decided to retire from floorball.
After some long thinking Antener (29) decided to quit playing floorball. This was today announced by his club Floorball Köniz. Antener is one of Switzerland’s biggest stars. What he’ll do in the future is unsure for now.
Köniz has been Antener’s club for ages, although he’s also played at AIK. In nine seasons in Switzerland the forward played 256 official games, in which he scored exactly… 256 times. besides from that he gave 519 assists. He scored the most points during the 2012/2013 season, as he in those 40 games gained 107 (59+48) points. Despite having reached the NLA Final three times, he’s never won the Swiss championship. In 2008 Wiler-Ersigen was too strong, in 2013 the team got defeated by Alligator Malans and in 2016 GC Zürich won the final.
Last season Köniz finished at 6th place and lost the quarter final series vs. GC Zürich (4-2). Antener ended up at 3rd place in the top scorers ranking of his team, he scored 40 (17+23) points.
Swiss national team
Antener has started his international career in 2005, when he played at the WFC U19. In five games he scored 8 (6+2) points, helping his team win the bronze medal vs. Latvia. In 2008 he played his first World Floorball Championships, scoring twice – but giving no more than eleven assists. His team won the bronze medal and Antener ended up at 5th place in the top scorers ranking.
The following WFC’s Switzerland always finished at 3rd or 4th place. In 2010 (4th) Antener made it to #8 on the top scorers ranking with 3+13 points. Two years later another bronze medal was won in what was probably Antener’s best tournament ever. He became top point scorer with 26 (9+17) poins, making it to the All-Star Team. In 2014 (4rd place) and 2016 (3rd place) he scored 6 (2+4) and 7 (2+5) points.
By scoring this many points at the World Floorball Championship Antener wrote history. In the all-time top scorers ranking he’s at 4th place (18+50). His 50 assists are a record as well: no one has given this many assists at WFC’s. In 2012 Antener got two more records: he gave the most assists ever in just one edition (17!) and he scored the most points ever in one edition: 26 (9+17).
Emanuel Antener has also been a member of the IFF Athletes’ Commission from 2012-2016. It is unsure what he’ll do after his retirement.