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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2005, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Injury forces Ziege to end career
Former German international defender Christian Ziege
Ziege succumbed to a persistent ankle injury
A persistent ankle injury has forced former German international defender Christian Ziege to retire.

The Borussia Moenchengladbach defender, 33, who spent time at Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Tottenham, has not played since being injured last December.

Ziege had mixed feelings over his retirement, saying: "I'm sad my career as a player is ending.

"I'm happy that all the back and forth over injuries, rehabilitation, hopes and disappointments are finally over."

Ziege won 72 caps for the German national side, playing in their triumphant Euro 96 campaign and also in the 2002 World Cup final.

He said: "I won championships in Germany and Italy, the UEFA Cup, the European Championship and was runner-up in the World Cup.

"There's not a lot more one can achieve in soccer."

Ziege also played for Bayern Munich and AC Milan before joining Boro and then making a controversial move to Anfield.

His career in England finished at White Hart Lane before he returned to his homeland.

Ziege returns to Bundesliga
09 Jun 04 |  Europe
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12 May 04 |  Tottenham Hotspur
Boro lose Ziege claim
21 May 02 |  Middlesbrough
Liverpool handed Ziege fine
14 Mar 02 |  Eng Prem
Ziege cleared for Reds
29 Aug 00 |  Liverpool


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