Former Bayern Munich and Germany striker Sandro Wagner has announced his retirement from the game, aged 32.
Wagner, whose final stint as a player was in the Chinese Super League with Tianjin TEDA, says he turned down a number of offers from German clubs and will instead embark on a career as a coach.
Very much an old-fashioned centre-forward, Wagner (2nd.l) helped himself to 11 goals in 38 appearances across his two spells with Bayern. – imago/Jan Huebner
“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.”
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Wagner made 34 competitive appearances for boyhood club Bayern in his last spell on German soil, scoring 10 goals between January 2018 and 2019.
The Munich native, who won