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Neuville retires at 37

Neuville retires at 37

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Last update 08/12/2010 at 01:54 - Published on 07/12/2010 at 22:24
By Eurosport - 08/12/2010 at 01:54

Former German international Oliver Neuville has retired from football at the age of 37 after 2. Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld opted to terminate his contract.

"It's definitely over," Neuville said of his 18-year career as a professional footballer. "I thought about [retiring] for some time, but this has not happened as I hoped. I hoped to play more."

Neuville - capped 69 times for Germany - moved to Bielefeld in the summer after six years at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Swiss-born striker had previously spent five years at Bayer Leverkusen where, alongside former Germany captain Michael Ballack, he finished runner-up to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final.

He participated in two World Cup finals for the German national team - finishing in second-place in 2002 and a third-place in 2006 - and helped Germany to a second-place finish in Euro 2008.

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