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‘Don’t Confuse Fine Chocolate With Nutella’ – Gennaro Gattuso On Whether His Donkey Work Improved Andrea Pirlo’s Game

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While the great and the good have lined up to wave off Andrea Pirlo into retirement, perhaps the most honest, touching tribute has come from Gennaro Gattuso, the man who partnered him in midfield for many years, both at AC Milan and at international level.

The chalk-and-cheese pair formed a formidable duo under Carlo Ancelotti at the Rossoneri, as well as toiling their way to a World Cup title under Marcelo Lippi, with Gattuso acting as guard dog and Pirlo providing the more creative, esoteric element.

Over And Out: Juventus Leggenda Gianluigi Buffon Announces Plan To Retire At The End Of 2017/18 Season

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Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he is planning to call it quits and retire at the end of the current season.

Speaking to Sky Italia, the Juventus stalwart said that he fully intends on bowing out after representing Italy at the 2018 World Cup in June/July.

Juventus Legend Pavel Nedved, 45, Comes Out Of Retirement To Join Czech Amateur Side FK Skalna (Photos)

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Just when he thought he was out, they go and drag him back in.

Pavel Nedved has reversed his retirement at the grand old age of 45 in order to sign on with amateur Czech side FK Skalna.

The former Ballon d'Or winner was raised in the northern town of Skalna and will join his 18-year-old son, Pavel Junior, on the roster at the seventh-tier team.

‘This Will Be His Last Year’ – Roma Loyalist Francesco Totti To Retire And Move Upstairs After 25 Years On The Factory Floor

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It's been announced that, at the grand old age of 40, Roma icon Francesco Totti will be bowing out at the end of the current season.

The news was broken, perhaps prematurely, by the Giallorossi's freshly-hired sporting directorRamon 'Monchi' Rodriguez, who spake thus while discussing his new job:

In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he'd start as a director.

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Robbie Rogers retires from football

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major North American sports league, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Rogers, 30, confirmed his retirement in a statement released through the Galaxy, ending a professional career that spanned 11 seasons and included stints in England, the Netherlands and Major League Soccer.

Robbie Rogers retires from football

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major North American sports league, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Rogers, 30, confirmed his retirement in a statement released through the Galaxy, ending a professional career that spanned 11 seasons and included stints in England, the Netherlands and Major League Soccer.

Chile’s ‘warrior’ Vidal backtracks over retirement

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Paris (AFP) – Arturo Vidal produced a 180-degree turn on Wednesday insisting he was a “warrior” who would “never abandon” Chile, just hours after seemingly announcing his retirement.

“Every time I’m called, I’ll be available to the national team,” the 30-year-old said on Twitter.

Totti confirms retirement to take Roma role

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Rome (AFP) – Roma legend Francesco Totti confirmed his retirement on Monday and will take a directorship role at the Serie A club.

The 40-year-old played his final game for Roma in May after 24 years with the capital-city side.

He had been linked with a possible move to either Japan or Major League Soccer, but wrote on Facebook: “The first part of my life as a football player is over and now another more important one is about to begin.

Liverpool great Gerrard announces retirement from football

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London (AFP) Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday at the age of 36.

Gerrard spent 17 years at his home-town club Liverpool, 12 as captain, and won seven major honours including the 2005 Champions League before finishing his career with an 18-month stint at LA Galaxy.

Liverpool great Gerrard announces retirement from football

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London (AFP) Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday at the age of 36.

Gerrard spent 17 years at his home-town club Liverpool, 12 as captain, and won seven major honours including the 2005 Champions League before finishing his career with an 18-month stint at LA Galaxy.

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‘My Journey Has Ended’ – Italy Legend Andrea Pirlo Announces Retirement From Football At Grand Old Age Of 38

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Andrea Pirlo has announced has retired from professional football following his final game in the MLS with New York City FC.

The 38-year-old came on for the final few minutes of New York's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew on Sunday after seeing his involvement dwindle to a trickle over the course of the prevailing season.

119 England Caps And Out: Wayne Rooney Announces International Retirement After 14 Years At The Coal Face

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It's been coming for a while, but Wayne Rooney has announced that, as of today, he is officially retired from international duty with England.

Rooney met with Gareth Southgate earlier in the week to discuss taking part in England's upcoming games against Malta and Slovakia, but politely turned down the call-up in favour of bowing out and giving somebody else a crack at it.

Make Your Mind Up: Antonio Cassano Hints He May ‘Play Again’ Despite Retiring Twice In One Week

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The last time we checked in on him, Antonio Cassano had retired, un-retired and then swiftly retired again, all in the space of a week or so.

The veteran loose cannon originally signed for Hellas Verona on 11th July only to welch on the deal and retire from football eight days later.

He then reversed that decision to retire just four hours later, before retiring again five days later citing "high stress levels" and homesickness.

Antonio Cassano Terminates Contract One Week After Signing For Hellas Verona, And Just Five Days After Retiring (Then Un-Retiring)

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As you may recall, Antonio Cassano confused all and sundry by signing for Hellas Verona on 11th July only to retire from football altogether just eight days later.

He then reversed his decision to retire just four hours after that, vowing to play on as originally planned for the newly-promoted Serie A side.

Out Through The In Door: Antonio Cassano Retires From Football Just Eight Days After Signing For Hellas Verona

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Antonio Cassano is to officially announce that, as of this afternoon, he is retiring from professional football.

This presumably comes as quite a shock to his club, Hellas Verona, who only signed the 35-year-old striker eight days ago.

Buon compleanno Antonio!

Classic Moments: Goalscoring Goalie Paul Robinson Glances Home Dramatic 90th-Minute Equaliser For Leeds, 2003 (Video)

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Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his retirement from professional football today at the grand old age of 37.

Having spent last season on the books at Burnley, Robinson has decided to pack it in after once again succumbing to chronic back pain.

Unfortunately, my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season.

Farewell Scott Parker: Mr Meat And Potatoes Announces Retirement At Grand Old Age Of 36

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After two decadesat the coal face, Scott Parker has announced his retirement from professional football today.

Three months shy of his 37th birthday, Parker has bowed out after being restricted tojust 12 Championship starts for Fulham last season.

BREAKING: Former @England midfielder Scott Parker announces retirement from football.

Bolton Legend Jussi Jaaskelainen, 42, Confirms Reports Of His Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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Former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has scotched reports that he's decided to hang up his gloves at the tender age of 42.

It was announced in the Finnish media that, after being released by Wigan following their relegation back down to League One, Jaaskelainen had decided to call it quits and retire.

Dirk Kuyt Retires From Football Just Days After Winning Feyenoord’s First League Title In 18 Years

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Threedays after winning the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord, Dirk Kuyt has formally announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

Kuyt scored all three goals in the 3-1 win over Heracles the saw Feyenoord crowned Dutch champions for the first time since 1999.

Feyenoord-legend for life!

Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard Officially Retires From Football At Grand Old Age Of 38

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Frank Lampard has announced that, after 21 years at the coal face, he's officially bowing out from professional football at the grand old age of 38.

As is the fashion these days, the former West Ham, Chelsea, Man City, New York City and England midfieldermade his big announcement on Instagram:

After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer.

Official: Steven Gerrard Confirms His Retirement From Professional Football

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Steven Gerrard has today announced that he has retired from professional football, aged 36.

Having left LA Galaxy last week, speculation was rife that Gerrard was mulling over player-coach roles with the likes of MK Dons, Celtic and former club Liverpool, but no his playing days are now officially over.

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Classic Football Adverts: Eric Cantona Shills For Eurostar In His Own Inimitable Style, 1997 (Video)

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At the end of the 1996/97 season, Eric Cantona shocked Manchester United by bringing his professional career to a premature end when he reached the conclusion that, at the age of 30, he was pig soddin' sick of being told what time he had to go to bed.

I loved the game but I no longer had the passion to go to bed early, not to go out with my friends, not to drink, and not to do a lot of other things, the things I like in life.

Bayern Munich: Philipp Lahm And Xabi Alonso Given Standing Ovations As Veteran Pair Retire In Tandem (Photos & Video)

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Bayern Munich turnedtheir final game of the season into a massive farewell party as the club waved off threelong-serving players into retirement.

A small ceremony was held before kick-off in which, ahead of his 517th and last appearance for Bayern, Philipp Lahm was presented with a bunch of flowers, a personalised golf bag and a banner in the crowdthat read "From a child of our own to a legend of our club".

VIDEO: Van der Sar saves penalty after coming out of retirement

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Van Der Sar saiu da sua aposentadoria esta semana.
E no seu Primeiro jogo de volta já pega Penalty! #MUFC #LEGEND pic.twitter.com/E5aI81TigQ

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Edwin Van der Sar came out of retirement today to play for VV Noordwijk, the club he spent his youth career before joining Ajax, after their first choice goalie Mustafa Mare Zine was ruled out with an injury.

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Paul Merson, 49, To Come Out Of Retirement And Sign For Welsh Fourth-Tier Side Caerau FC (Pending International Clearance)

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Next up in 'unexpected turn of events' news, it's been announced that Paul Merson is waiting on international clearance to sign for a team who play in the fourth-tier of the Welsh football league.

Now 49, Merson retired from professional football in 2006, but is now on the cusp of reversing that decision to turn out for Caerau FC, who are based in the town of Maestag, near Port Talbot.

How much does David Beckham make after his retirement?

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In 2014, his first full year of retirement, David Beckham posted the highest earnings of his life with $75 million (his previous high was $51 million in 2012, when he was still playing for the Galaxy). He ranked second behind Michael Jordan in Forbes' look at the highest-paid retired athletes in 2014.

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Former Newcastle Talented Left-Back Finally Retires From Football

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Jose Enrique is an example of a Newcastle player leaving Newcastle for a bigger club and having his career falter badly. He has announced his retirement from football at a young 31 [...]

Former Chelsea and Tottenham star Scott Parker announces retirement

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Former England International Scott Parker has announced his retirement from professional playing career at the age of 36.

Parker has called time on his 20-year playing career which included spells at Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham. Having previously captained England national team, the midfielder won 18 international caps and was an integral part of Three Lions’ squad for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

Lampard announces retirement from playing career

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For many fans around the world,Thursday marks the end of an era in their soccer-viewing lives.

On an Instagram post Thursday morning, former New York City FC, Chelsea and England midfielderFrank Lampard announced his retirement from his playing career.

Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement

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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement from football on Friday at the age of 34. Vidic won five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League in an eight-year spell at Old Trafford, but conceded injuries had forced him to call time on his career.

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A Few Words on the Retiring Davy Arnaud

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A Sporting Kansas City legend retired from the game yesterday, former team captain, Davy Arnaud retired from professional soccer yesterday after 14 MLS seasons due to concussions. Arnaud, who spent most of his career with Sporting KC/KC Wizards, had spent the last four seasons split between the Montreal Impact and DC United.

I Love Crystal Dunn: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 4 March 2016

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And I'm not ashamed to say it.

First of all, big congratulations to Davy Arnaud on a stellar career upon his retirement. We wish we had you longer, and we do. Thank you.

And congratulations to Crystal Dunn. Coach puts her on as a late sub in a 0-0 game versus England last night, and she scores a zinger 5 minutes later because that's what Crystal Dunn does.

D.C. United's Davy Arnaud announces his retirement

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After 14 MLS seasons, the veteran midfielder will join the Black-and-Red's coaching staff.

In a long-rumored move, D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud has announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact and the Black-and-Red. Arnaud had not played since last August 22 after suffering a concussion while playing against the San Jose Earthquakes and attempted to come back this winter in preseason, but according to his announcement the symptoms of that concussion have not yet cleared:

It's been an amazing journey.

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Brian Carroll announces retirement

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Veteran made 370 career starts in Major League Soccer over 15 seasons

Sunday's season finale for the Philadelphia Union at home against Orlando City will mark the end of a 15-year career for veteran midfielder Brian Carroll, who announced his retirement on Thursday.

"As I look back on 15 years in MLS, it's been a fun ride: I've had a lot of great teammates and great coaches, and I had the privilege to represent a number of great cities and clubs," Carroll said in a news release.

Doyle Retires

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To quickly dispense with the mess from last night Dallas beat us in the first 10 minutes and then just ran the remaining 80 minutes off the clock with no threat they would ever lose. The Rapids are now officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Moving on to more important news, Kevin Doyle announced his retirement today, effective immediately.

Per Mertesacker to become Academy Director following retirement

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Official: Burnley Release Joey Barton As 18-Month Betting Suspension Comes Into Effect

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Coming as a surprise to absolutely nobody, Burnley have passed on the option torenew Joey Barton's contract.

As you may recall, Barton is currently just a few weeks into an 18-month suspension from all footballing activity after being found guilty by the FA of over 1,000 betting breaches in April.

Wednesday Kickoff: Totti, Eriksen, World Cup 2030 and more

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One of the game's best appears close to retirement while one star's agent discussed ongoing transfer rumors.

New Roma sporting director Monchi says Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season and take up a new role with the club. (REPORT)

Christian Eriksen's agent says the player's sole focus is on Tottenham, not on reported interest from Barcelona.

Man Utd legend comes out of retirement aged 45

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Houston Dash announce season opener against the Chicago Red Stars

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The Dash announce home opener, a fan favorite comes out of retirement and more.

The Houston Dash will kick off the 2016 season at home against the Chicago Red Stars. The April 16 game doesn't have a kickoff time yet but it will be the first chance for fans to see the team back in action after what feels like a very long offseason.