Bayern's Korpela commits to 2018

The Finland stopper is staying put in Munich.

Bayern's Korpela commits to 2018
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Bayern Munich Frauen have extended the deal of first-choice goalkeeper, Tinja-Riikka Korpela.

The Finnish national team stopper will now remain with the reigning Frauen-Bundesliga champions until 2018.

Wörle's side showing no signs of slowing

Korpela enjoyed a successful debut season with Bayern, helping them claim the German title.

That form has continued into the 2015/16 campaign. Thomas Wörle's side are 12 points clear at the top, and could extend their lead if they beat VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Despite an early UEFA Women's Champions League exit, the Bavarians regrouped and are in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal.

A domestic double would be improvement on a special year last term, as well as continuing their incredible 36-game unbeaten run in the league.

Solid start to Bayern career

The 29-year-old shot-stopper joined Bayern on a two-year deal back in 2014 from Tyresö FF, following their financial trouble.

Her impact has been obvious, and this season's goals against tally speaks for itself. Their defence has been breached just four times in 13 games.

Even though she was absent through Sunday's win over 1. FC Köln, Korpela has featured 36 times since her arrival.

It has been all smiles for Korpela since she arrived in Germany. | Image credit: Bayern Munich
It has been all smiles for Korpela since she arrived in Germany. | Image credit: Bayern Munich

Korpela and Wörle have their say

The Bayern boss admitted that Korpela is a "very professional and experienced goalkeeper", and one who "consistently delivers good performances".

Wörle also credited her "important presence on the pitch", which has helped the give the Bavarians' "game a sense of calmness and stability".

He added, "I’m happy she’ll be playing for FC Bayern Munich for the next two years."

Korpela, also speaking to Bayern Munich's club website, explained how "happy" she was to "continue with this world class team".

She states that they "are not 'done'' yet", and believes they have the potential "to win more titles both in Germany and in Europe".

The Finnish stopper also credited the "environment" for giving her the necessary tools to succeed, as well as the "coaches and wonderful staff" at the club.