World champion Sami Khedira announces his retirement from football at the end of the season


World champion Sami Khedira announces his retirement from football at the end of the season


Former German international and 2014 world champion Sami Khedira announced that he will retire from football at the end of the current season after the last match with his team, Hertha Berlin, in the “Bundesliga” this weekend.

“It is a very difficult step, but it is correct,” the midfielder told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday. “15 years of professional football have left their mark.”

Khedira, 34, participated in his 77th and last match with the “Manshaft” in the famous loss by two clean goals against South Korea in the World Cup in Russia 2018 when she called the world champion from the group stage.

The midfielder began his professional career in Stuttgart in 2006 before winning the following year the title of “Bundesliga”.

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Khedira joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 after the World Cup in South Africa, and after recovering from a severe knee injury at the start of the 2013-2014 season, he won with his end the Champions League title with the Royal Club.

He won the World Cup in Brazil two months later despite having to withdraw from the starting line-up for the final match against Argentina after suffering an injury during the warm-up.

He moved to Juventus in 2015. After he won the league title five times in succession and reached the final of the Champions in 2017, he did not play any games with the “old lady”, as he signed a contract with Hertha Berlin in February until the end of the current season.

However, the injury allowed him to play only eight matches in the “Bundesliga”.

Despite a career full of injuries, Khedira, who scored seven goals for the German national team in his international career, stressed that “the distress, pain and torture were worth it in the end,” adding, “At the same time, I must say that football is a very tough profession.”

Khedira was crowned in his career with one title in the “Bundesliga” with Hertha Berlin, while with Real Madrid he won the league title in the 2011-2012 season, two titles in the domestic cup, a title in the Spanish Super Cup, the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, and in Italy. He won five league titles with Juventus, three in the Cup and once in the Domestic Super Cup.

Source: AFP


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