Ex-Barca midfielder Guardiola hangs up his boots

November 14, 2006

MADRID, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Josep Guardiola has decided to retire from playing at the age of 35, he said on Tuesday.

'Although in my head I still want to play my body has said enough is enough,' Guardiola told radio station RAC-1.

Guardiola, who was capped 47 times, won six Primera Liga titles, the European Cup in 1992 and the Cup Winners's Cup in 1997 while with Barca.

He left Barcelona in 2001 and had spells with Brescia and AS Roma, though his time in Italy was marred by a ban after testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.

Latterly he had played in Qatar and Mexico. He said he hopes to move into coaching.