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Jens Lehmann announces he will quit football at the end of the season
Published : 30 Mar 2010 18:07:24
The Stuttgart player said his final game would be against Hoffenheim on May 8, adding that he was retiring for family reasons. "I'm still fit and I will miss football," said the 40 year-old father-of-three. "The two seasons at Stuttgart have been great and I hope that we'll finish the season with a European qualifying spot." Related ArticlesBendtner confident of starring on big stageThierry Henry the inventive InvincibleBergkamp backs visionLionel Messi 'as good as Maradona'Messi has world at his feetArshavin Arsenal's answer to MessiLehmann has been with Stuttgart since quitting Arsenal in 2008. He also enjoyed spells with Schalke 04 (1988-98), AC Milan (1998) and Borussia Dortmund (1998-2003), playing a total of 388 matches in the Bundesliga and 147 in the Premier League. He also made 61 international appearances, playing in the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008, when Germany finished third and runners-up respectively. During his spell with Arsenal, he won the Premier League title in 2004 when Arsenal enjoyed an unprecedented unbeaten league season and the FA Cup the following year. He played in the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona, but was sent off after just 19 minutes as the north Londoners lost 2-1. He also won the UEFA Cup in 1997 with Schalke 04, a German league title with Dortmund in 2002. Lehmann will be in South Africa for this year's World Cup as a commentator for a pay television channel.