Female Germany footballer stripped off for Playboy before moving to West Ham

Julia Simic left a lasting impression during her short stint at West Ham back in 2018 – but she set pulses racing back in the early years of her career by stripping off for Playboy with a host of ex-teammates.

Simic, 33, was part of a group of German internationals who posed for a raunchy cover shoot of the infamous magazine back in 2011. At the time, Simic was on the books of Bayern Munich, along with Annika Doppler and Ivana Rudelic, who also took part in the controversial shoot.

With the Women's World Cup due to be held in Germany back in 2011, five players from the national were featured in a sexy shoot by Playboy to hype up the tournament – and they certainly left a lasting impression.

Selina Wagner and Kristina Gessat were the other two women who took part in the shoot, back when the quintet were on the cusp of breaking into the senior fold for Germany. However, there was some commotion after neither the player's clubs or the German Football Association were informed about the idea.

Explaining the shoot back in 2011, Kristina Gessat told The Local: "With these photos, we want to disprove the cliche that all female footballers are butch."

Unfortunately, the shoot didn't bring Germany much luck, as they were eliminated from their home tournament at the quarter-final stage.

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Years after taking part in the saucy shoot, Simic made the big switch to England, joining West Ham from Bayern Munich. During her brief stint on these shores, Simic racked up 20 appearances for the Hammers and even came agonisingly close to winning the women's FA Cup.

After calling time on her spell at West Ham, Simic made a handful of appearances for AC Milan before deciding to hang up her boots last year.

After winning caps at various age groups for the German national team at youth level, Simic retired with two international caps for country and has since moved into punditry work in Germany.

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