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Matthias Hofbauer resigns from Swiss national team

Matthias Hofbauer scored a penalty during the shootout in the SF game against Sweden (Image: IFF)

Switzerland’s record international Matthias Hofbauer has announced his retirement from the national team after winning the bronze medal against the Czech Republic.

Ten WFC’s, 57 games played and 97 points scored: that’s how Hofbauer’s WFC results can be summarized. He is the all-time WFC top point scorer, with 48 goals scored and 49 assists. In his 194 international games played, he scored 268 points: 139 goals and 129 assists! Hofbauer started his WFC carreer in 2000 in Oslo (Norway), where he won his first bronze medal. In 2004, he became topscorer with 22 points and made it to the All star team. In total, Hofbauer won seven bronze medals. At The World Games 2017, Hofbauer won silver with Switzerland.

“The bronze medal today was definitely my last one”, said Matthias Hofbauer immediately after the World Cup match against the Czech Republic, played last Sunday. He gave his final WFC assist during that game, helping his team to the 2-4 victory. In his six games at the WFC Prague, he gained seven points (1+6).

Prague as starting point
Swissunihockey mentions Hofbauer came into contact with floorball twenty years ago in Prague, when he was watching the WFC 1998 from the stands together with his parents. This made the WFC 2018 the perfect time to close the circle. Hofbauer will stay with Swiss floorball: “I’m still fascinated by the sport and events like here in Prague. In any form, I will certainly still be there.”

Source: Swissunihockey.ch

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