Daniela Piedade, pivot of the Brazilian national team decided to stop her career in the national team after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The 37-year-old has decided earlier to do so, however, she will keep playing on club level. After her club Siófok KC (HUN) faced some problems and let some players go, Dani Piedade will continue her career in Fehérvár KC, also in Hungary. In an interview, Piedade said that she feels her career is complete and the moment of goodbye comes for every athlete sooner or later – it is her turn to leave. However, before quitting, she still has a mission left in the yellow-green shirt: she wants finish on top with the national team at the 2016 Olympic Games to give her long national team career a golden end.
Daniela Piedade was one of the first pioneers of the Brazilian handball to arrive to Europe to play professional handball and to develop herself to top level. She played for Austrian Hypo Niederösterreich for more than 10 years, then she changed to Krim Ljubljana, then to Siófok KC and now to Fehérvár. While in preparation for her first season in Ljubljana, she suffered a stroke in 2012 in a preparation tournament. After her illness, she made a miraculous comeback in just a few months. To crown her incredible comeback, she won gold at the 2013 world championship in Serbia.
Daniela Piedade will not be the only player to finish her international career after the Olympics: captain Fabiana Diniz “Dara” will stop playing handball after Rio.