Sandro Wagner retires from football, aged 32

Sandro Wagner retires from football, aged 32

Former Bayern Munich and Germany striker Sandro Wagner has retired from football, aged 32.

The striker left the Bavarian in 2019,  with his last stint as a player away to Chinese club Tianjin TEDA, where he recently cancelled his contract. 

Despite getting a number of offers from Germany clubs, Wagner decided to hang his boots and focus on coaching. 

"I'm incredibly grateful that football has given me such a wonderful life," Wagner told BILD. "I was able to achieve all of my goals and dreams.

"I was really happy to receive so many calls from Bundesliga clubs and abroad in recent days, but my decision stands. In September, I'll start training to be a coach. My plan is to take up a coaching role next summer.

"Now I just want to enjoy my time with my family, who I have to thank more than most. They were always there for me, even though I couldn't always be there for my wife and kids whilst playing professionally."

Wagner made 34 competitive appearances for Bayern in his last spell, scoring 10 goals between January 2018 and 2019.

He has also played for Duisburg, Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern, Hertha Berlin, Darmstadt and Hoffenheim, scoring a total of 44 goals and 12 assists in 144 Bundesliga outings, as well as 17 goals and 11 assists in 67 Bundesliga 2 matches.

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