Schalke’s Metzelder announces retirement

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Updated: May 16, 2013

Christoph Metzelder

Schalke defender Christoph Metzelder
revealed Thursday that he intends to retire from football at the conclusion of
the season.

“I am just being honest with myself and I feel that I am no longer physically
able to play consistently at this level,” Metzelder said. “And after 13 years,
the fire inside me, which is necessary for this job, has burnt out.”

Most of Metzelder’s career has been marred by injury, though he did manage to
collect 47 caps with the German national team.

The 32-year-old made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund before making a
high-profile switch to Real Madrid. He managed just 31 appearances across all
competitions in three seasons with the Spanish giants.

Metzelder joined Schalke, Dortmund’s bitter rival, in 2010 and guided the
Royal Blues to the Pokal Cup in his first season at the Veltins Arena.