Tag Archives: Retired ‘Ballers

End Of An Era: El Niño Retires

24 Aug

I’m feeling a bit weepy. Nando played his final match for Sagan Tosu against a Vissel Kobe side that featured two of his closest friends, Andres Iniesta and David Villa. Continue reading

A Trophy, A Birthday, A Retirement & Much More

18 Dec

Well, it certainly has been an eventful few days, hasn’t it? We won our 5th (!!!!) title of the year on Saturday. Continue reading

End Of An Era: Andrea Pirlo Retires

6 Nov

A day I hoped we’d never see has arrived. I know that he couldn’t play forever, but my heart certainly wanted him to. L’Architetto is one of my all-time favorite players (truth be told, probably my favorite) and to see him hang up his boots is hitting me hard (I’ll be inconsolable when Gigi retires as well). His wit, style, class, and elegance as a player will be sorely missed. The game won’t be the same without you. Thank you, Andrea for all the beautiful football.  ::sob::

– Lozil

Arbie Calls Time On His Career

26 Jun

Saturday saw another former Blanco hanging up his boots. Alvaro Arbeloa called time on his 15 year career.  Continue reading

Stuart Holden Retires

3 Feb

1_062013_ISI_jam7_USMNTJD060613106_450A day after announcing the birth of  his first child, total sweetheart & USMNT national team midfielder Stuart Holden has decided to hang up his cleats. Poor Stu has had a ton of injuries and some really shitty luck, so he decided to call time on his career. He did it in his usual charming, humble style. Continue reading

Raul & Marcos Senna Retire On A High Note

16 Nov

Raul went out on a high note last night and in a white shirt, no less (sadly, not our’s). The New York Cosmos won the 2015 NASL Championship. Continue reading

Xavi Retires From International Football – Groundskeepers Rejoice

5 Aug

Xavi+Hernandez+Spain+v+Turkey+FIFA2010+World+HSVKohiYjaFlThat means no more complaining about pitch conditions, much to the relief of groundskeepers worldwide! (I’ll take any excuse to revisit the brilliant Storybook Xavi). Continue reading

Thomas Hitzlsperger Comes Out

8 Jan

{89A905CB-44DE-4155-96D1-3A893DD8CDD1}Thomas Hitzlsperger, who retired in September 2013 has revealed that he is gay. The 31 year old central midfielder played in the EPL (Aston Villa, West Ham, Everton), Serie A (Lazio), Bundesliga (Wolfsburg, Stuttgart) and League 2 (Chesterfield). He represented Germany at the U19 (as captain), U21 and senior levels.

His Germany teammate Lukas Podolski tweeted “”Brave and right decision. Respect, Thomas Hitzlsperger. His outing is a important sign in our time.” Many others including his former club, Aston Villa, have expressed their support.  I look forward to a day when this will no longer be such big news. I admire & wholeheartedly support Thomas’s decision to come forward. This has got to be a relief for him. I hope that many others will follow.

Thanks to watishista Tali for sending in the news.

– Lozil

Monday & Tuesday Training, FloPeezy Sets The Record Straight, A Visitor & Jese Gets The (Bronze) Boot

15 Oct

1001-148-_HEL3977Thumb,22Wow! Young Casanova is quite limber, isn’t he? Monday saw a return to training for The Lonely Boys (not to be confused with Los Lonely Boys) who prepared for Saturday’s match against Malaga. Continue reading

It’s (Apparently) Official: Guti Is Retiring From Football

21 Sep

Well, not that he’s been doing much over the last year besides hanging out in Ibiza and Milan and making babies but Marca is reporting that The Goots is retiring. Continue reading