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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by BarcaLearning on Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:37 pm

@M99 wrote:
@BarcaLearning wrote: This is a case of showing manager sometimes has little to do with the team being successful, but the players just good themselves :PFrom winning the CL with Barca to failing with team in a much weaker league... so strange.

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What were Barca doing before Rijkaard? I don't expect you to know the answer of that anyway since you were probably a Man Utd fan then.

Where did u get that from, i HATE Man U lol. His Barca was poor in the end, but that was after he was league and CL as we all know?

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by M99 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:12 pm

@BarcaLearning wrote:
@M99 wrote:
@BarcaLearning wrote: This is a case of showing manager sometimes has little to do with the team being successful, but the players just good themselves :PFrom winning the CL with Barca to failing with team in a much weaker league... so strange.

:facepalm:

What were Barca doing before Rijkaard? I don't expect you to know the answer of that anyway since you were probably a Man Utd fan then.

Where did u get that from, i HATE Man U lol. His Barca was poor in the end, but that was after he was league and CL as we all know?

His problems with the star players are well documented, that was the downfall of his Barca. He had problems with Ronaldinho, Deco and Eto'o.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Eivindo on Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:23 pm

Bonera retires.


















If only....sigh
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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by McLewis on Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:13 pm

Reading that Gabriel Heinze has retired due to injury.

Far from GOAT, but a consummate professional.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by M99 on Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:49 am

Former Leeds United and Liverpool winger Harry Kewell has announced his retirement on Wednesday after almost two decades in professional football.
The 35-year-old Australian returned to his homeland this season to play with Melbourne Heart in the A-League in a move initially thought to be a last-ditch attempt to go to this year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

However, the veteran was unable to sustain his fitness, missing nine games of the 2013-14 campaign so far with a combination of injuries, while Heart's dreadful season (just six wins in 24 matches) did not aid his cause.

Speaking at a press conference, Kewell - voted Australia's greatest ever player in 2012 - admitted to sense of unfulfillment following a long career blighted by injuries.

"I do sit there with my wife and my close friends and wonder, what if? Yes, I feel like I can play the game, I understand the game," he said.

"And I wonder if I didn't have those injuries, what could have been? But I believe the path was set out for me and I think it's made me a better person.

"I've been at the highest level in football but I've also been at lowest level. I understand where the good and the bad does come from. And I think it's made me a better person all round."

Kewell, who won 56 senior caps for Australia, nominated his goal against Croatia which sent the Socceroos into the knockout stage of World Cup 2006 as a career highlight.

"You get that asked a lot as a footballer," he said.

"People go, 'what's the moment, what's the greatest goal that you've scored?'

"You know what? Every goal is. It doesn't matter whether it's one that puts your country through or one that saves you from relegation or one that wins you the title. Every goal you score is special.

"But, in saying that, the one against Croatia was special. To be able to score a goal in a World Cup in the biggest level in football was fantastic."

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Forza on Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:02 pm

Kewell was a great player in his prime.
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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by BarcaLearning on Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:55 am

Kewell did good for an Aussie considering its called Soccer there Very Happy

Seriously though, his peak at Leeds and than tranfers to Liverpool was very good for a period of time. Didnt track his career after that but overall a very good player.  cheers 
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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by M99 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:48 pm

Cristian Chivu has announced his retirement after his contract at Inter was cancelled by mutual consent.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by rwo power on Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:40 pm

Rogério Ceni announced his retirement with the end of the year. The 41 year old veteran wants to call it a day after 21 years loyal service to FC São Paulo where he managed to score a total of 114 goals in 1136 matches - as a *goalkeeper*. The living legend will be sorely missed on the pitch! :bow:

http://www.transfermarkt.de/de/brasiliens-torwart-legende-ceni-will-ende-des-jahres-aufhoeren-/news/anzeigen_154860.html

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Forza on Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:22 pm

@rwo power wrote:Rogério Ceni announced his retirement with the end of the year. The 41 year old veteran wants to call it a day after 21 years loyal service to  FC São Paulo where he managed to score a total of 114 goals in 1136 matches - as a *goalkeeper*. The living legend will be sorely missed on the pitch! :bow:

http://www.transfermarkt.de/de/brasiliens-torwart-legende-ceni-will-ende-des-jahres-aufhoeren-/news/anzeigen_154860.html
Superb FK taker. :bow:
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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by M99 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:49 pm

@rwo power wrote:Rogério Ceni announced his retirement with the end of the year. The 41 year old veteran wants to call it a day after 21 years loyal service to  FC São Paulo where he managed to score a total of 114 goals in 1136 matches - as a *goalkeeper*. The living legend will be sorely missed on the pitch! :bow:

http://www.transfermarkt.de/de/brasiliens-torwart-legende-ceni-will-ende-des-jahres-aufhoeren-/news/anzeigen_154860.html

One of the most underrated goalkeepers of his generation. Best of luck Rogerio.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Onyx on Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:54 pm

Former Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop announces he is going to retire at the end of the season.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Robespierre on Wed May 07, 2014 1:59 pm

Javier Zanetti.

Last match at San Siro for him on Saturday.
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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Blue Barrett on Wed May 07, 2014 2:01 pm

Bloody legend Proud


He'll look the same in 20 years.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Hapless_Hans on Wed May 07, 2014 2:44 pm

@Blue Barrett wrote:Bloody legend Proud


He'll look the same in 20 years.

Indeed he will.

In fact he hasn't aged one bit since the 50s and 60s when he starred in all these sandals and swords movies




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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by M99 on Wed May 07, 2014 8:30 pm

Gracias Javier.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Kick on Thu May 08, 2014 1:41 am

Wow, really? I never thought I'd see the day where Zanetti retires.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by M99 on Sun May 11, 2014 12:07 pm

Three Argentines have bowed out.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Onyx on Sun May 11, 2014 9:13 pm

Bastia goalkeeper Mickael Landreau announces retirement.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by rwo power on Sun May 11, 2014 11:05 pm

Fabian Boll of St.Pauli will retire from football now. He was the only player in the German Bundesliga (2nd BL, that is) who was still working part time in a proper dayjob (he's a police officer). Fabian Boll will be forever remembered as a true St.Pauli legend. :bow:

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Kick on Mon May 12, 2014 1:13 am

Cole retires from the NT.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by The_Badger on Mon May 12, 2014 3:28 am

@Kick wrote:Cole retires from the NT.

I thought he might had he not been picked for the World Cup. I suppose it was between the future and experience and Hodgson picked Shaw. Understandable decision, but I would have chosen Cole.

He was very much an under-appreciated player for England. Without question our most reliable and consistent performer in the last decade.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Kick on Mon May 12, 2014 3:33 am

Yeah, Surprise they didn't pick him tbh.

I know I would have.

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by B-Mac on Wed May 14, 2014 8:11 am

Park Ji Sung has called it a career, 4 lungs he had :bow:
Asia's most decorated footballer Proud
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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by M99 on Mon May 19, 2014 4:24 pm

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Re: Official Retirement Appreciation Thread

Post by Onyx on Thu May 22, 2014 5:26 pm

Craig Bellamy retires at the age of 34.

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