Lehmann confirms retirement
Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has announced that he will retire from football in the summer.
Last Updated: 30/03/10 2:23pm
Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.
The 40-year-old former Arsenal and Germany shot-stopper had been linked with a move to the MLS after confirming earlier in the campaign that he would not be extending his contract at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
But Lehmann has instead decided to hang up his gloves in the summer after discussing the issue with his nearest and dearest.
"That is what the family council has decided," he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Lehmann won 61 caps for Germany and was the first-choice goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.
He joined Stuttgart from Arsenal in 2008 after winning the Premier League title in 2004 and FA Cup in 2005, as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League final in 2006.
Lehmann was sent off after just 20 minutes in that game as Arsenal lost 2-1 to Barcelona.
He moved to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2003 after starting his career with Schalke, winning the Uefa Cup in 1997, before a brief stint with AC Milan in 1998.