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Gravesen decides to quit football

Thomas Gravesen
Gravesen was unable to break into the Celtic first team on a regular basis

Denmark international midfielder Thomas Gravesen has retired from football at the age of 32.

Gravesen, renowned for his combative style, played for Hamburg, Everton, Real Madrid and Celtic during a career spanning more than 13 years.

"I have spent some extraordinary years abroad, I have played and lived in four countries," said the Dane.

"But I'm 33 in March, so before age and health force my hand I have opted to take the decision to stop myself."

Gravesen parted company with Celtic in August 2008, having failed to establish himself in the first team after signing from Real Madrid for 2m in 2006.

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He began his career with Danish side Vejle BK before moving to Hamburg where he spent three years.

Undoubtedly the midfielder's most successful club spell came with Everton, who he joined in 2000.

The Dane made more than 150 appearances for the Toffees during his first spell at the club, which lasted five and a half years until he left for Real Madrid in January 2005.

He then rejoined David Moyes' side on loan from Celtic for the majority of the 2007/08 season, but managed just eight league appearances.

Gravesen called an end to his international playing days in 2006, having scored five goals in 66 appearances for Denmark.

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see also
Celtic look to offload Gravesen
26 Jul 08 |  Celtic
Everton re-sign Gravesen on loan
30 Aug 07 |  Everton


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