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Metzelder announces retirement

May 16, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent
Schalke defender Christoph Metzelder has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 32.

After 12 years, 178 Bundesliga games, 23 La Liga apperances and 47 caps for Germany, the former Real Madrid player confirmed on Thursday that he would be hanging up his boots after years of injury problems.

"I am just thankful for my great career," he told the media at the Zeche Ewald in Herten. "The toll of the physical issues increased enormously. Over the last few ...

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