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.
(born Célia Okoyino da Mbabi)
|Date of birth||27 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Bonn, West Germany|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1993–2000||TuS Germania Hersel|
|2002–2003||TuS Pützchen 05|
|2003–2004||FC St. Augustin|
|2004–2013||SC 07 Bad Neuenahr||136||(97)|
|2013–2015||1. FFC Frankfurt||40||(42)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 July 2015 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:22, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
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. 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. 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. On 16 July 2015, she announced her retirement at the age of 27.
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.
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. She was part of the victorious German team at UEFA Women's Euro 2013.
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. She subsequently announced her retirement from football on 17 July 2015.
Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first:
|Šašić – goals for Germany|
|1.||4 September 2005||Edmonton, Canada||Canada||3–2||4–3||Friendly|
|2.||25 October 2006||Aalen, Germany||England||5–1||5–1||Friendly|
|3.||23 November 2006||Karlsruhe, Germany||Japan||3–0||6–3||Friendly|
|4.||25 July 2009||Sinsheim, Germany||Netherlands||6–0||6–0||Friendly|
|5.||7 September 2009||Helsinki, Finland||Norway||2–1||3–1||UEFA Women's Euro 2009|
|6.||17 February 2010||Duisburg, Germany||North Korea||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|7.||15 September 2010||Dresden, Germany||Canada||5–0||5–0||Friendly|
|8.||21 May 2011||Ingolstadt, Germany||North Korea||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|9.||3 June 2011||Osnabrück, Germany||France||4–0||5–0||Friendly|
|10.||7 June 2011||Aachen, Germany||Netherlands||1–0||5–0||Friendly|
|11.||26 June 2011||Berlin, Germany||Canada||2–0||2–1||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|12.||5 July 2011||Mönchengladbach, Germany||France||4–2||4–2||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|13.||19 November 2011||Wiesbaden, Germany||Kazakhstan||1–0||17–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|17.||15 February 2012||İzmir, Turkey||Turkey||2–0||5–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|18.||5 March 2012||Parchal, Portugal||Sweden||1–0||4–0||2012 Algarve Cup|
|21.||7 March 2012||Faro, Portugal||Japan||2–0||4–3||2012 Algarve Cup|
|24.||31 March 2012||Mannheim, Germany||Spain||1–0||5–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|28.||5 April 2012||Aarau, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–0||6–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|32.||15 September 2012||Karaganda, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||1–0||7–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|34.||19 September 2012||Duisburg, Germany||Turkey||1–0||10–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|36.||11 March 2013||Lagos, Portugal||Norway||1–0||2–0||2013 Algarve Cup|
|37.||5 April 2013||Offenbach am Main, Germany||United States||2–3||3–3||Friendly|
|38.||15 June 2013||Essen, Germany||Scotland||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|40.||29 June 2013||Munich, Germany||Japan||2–1||4–2||Friendly|
|42.||14 July 2013||Växjö, Sweden||Iceland||2–0||3–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2013|
|44.||21 September 2013||Cottbus, Germany||Russia||1–0||9–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|45.||26 October 2013||Koper, Slovenia||Slovenia||1–0||13–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|48.||30 October 2013||Frankfurt, Germany||Croatia||1–0||4–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|49.||27 November 2013||Osijek, Croatia||Croatia||2–0||8–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|50.||5 March 2014||Albufeira, Portugal||Iceland||3–0||5–0||2013 Algarve Cup|
|51.||13 September 2014||Moscow, Russia||Russia||2–1||4–1||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|54.||23 November 2014||London, England||England||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|56.||9 March 2015||Parchal, Portugal||Brazil||3–1||3–1||2015 Algarve Cup|
|57.||8 April 2015||Fürth, Germany||Brazil||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|58.||7 June 2015||Ottawa, Canada||Ivory Coast||1–0||10–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|61.||20 June 2015||Ottawa, Canada||Sweden||2–0||4–1||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|63.||26 June 2015||Montreal, Canada||France||1–1||1–1||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
- UEFA European Championship: Winner 2009, 2013
- Algarve Cup: Winner 2006, 2012, 2014
- Olympic bronze medal: 2008
- U-19 Women's World Championship: Winner 2004
- German Footballer of the Year: 2012, 2015
- Bundesliga top-scorer: 2013–14, 2014–15
- UEFA Women's Champions League: top-scorer: 2014–15
- Fritz Walter medal: Bronze 2005
- 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Shoe (top-scorer)
- FIFA Women's World Cup All Star Team: 2015
- FIFA Women's World Cup Dream Team: 2015
- UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award: 2015 
- FIFPro: FIFA FIFPro World XI 2015
- UEFA Women's Championship All-Star Team: 2013
Šašić was born in Bonn, Germany, the daughter of a Cameroonian father and a French mother. 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.
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. In August 2013 she married the Croatian football player Marko Šašić, the son of Milan Šašić, and decided to use the name Célia Šašić.
Šašić gave birth to her first child, a daughter, after retiring in 2016.
- "Célia Okoyino da Mbabi" (in German). DFB.de. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "Célia Okoyino da Mbabi" (in German). Framba.de. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- ""Fritz-Walter-Medaillen" an talentierte Junioren-Spieler verliehen" (in German). DFB.de. 12 October 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "1. FFC Frankfurt verpflichtet Celia Okoyino da Mbabi" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "Sasic kündigt Vertrag in Frankfurt - Zukunft offen". dfb.de (in German). 12 May 2015.
- "Germany's Celia Sasic retires at 27". DW.com. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- "WM-Torschützenkönigin Sasic beendet Karriere" (in German). Die Welt. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- "Das Team" (in German). dfb.de. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- "Sasic: I would change this award for team success". FIFA.com. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
- "Celia Sasic beendet ihre Laufbahn". DFB.de (in German). 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- https://www.dfb.de/allianz-frauen-bundesliga/statistik/torschuetzenkoeniginnen/ German
- "Šašić wins Best Women's Player Award". uefa.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- 2015 FIFPro Award
- "Die Integrationsbeauftragte im Mittelfeld" (in German). Focus.de. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "Celia Okoyino da Mbabi heißt jetzt Celia Sasic" (in German). Rheinische Post. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.