Soccer — Final TournamentSaturday, March 22, 2014
Heinze announces retirement date
‘Dreams come to an end’
Newell’s Old Boys defender Gabriel Heinze announced yesterday that he will retire from the professional activity at the end of the Final Tournament.
ROSARIO — Former Argentina international defender Gabriel Heinze announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the Final Tournament. The Newell’s Old Boys player’s decision was announced by a statement released by the club.
“As it happens in life, dreams come to an end. To be part of the most wonderful club of Argentina is something that I will always keep in my heart. I want to tell you that at the end of the season I will no longer be a club player. This time, sadly, I cannot fight against the reality of my body, which is playing a match that I cannot find the way to win,” said the 35-year-old Heinze.
“I would play all my life in Newell’s, but I know that I don’t have to be selfish. The love for the colours can also be shown wil responsible attitudes,” he added. “It’s time to end my contract with Newell’s, although I will stick to it until the end. And I will give my best in every match the next couple of months.”
With the national team, Heinze played the World Cups 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa. He was also part of the team winner of the gold medal in the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens.
During his career, the defender played in Valladolid, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Olympique de Marseille and Roma. He returned to Newell’s in 2012 to help the club fight against relegation and won the Final Tournament 2013 league title.
OLIMPO’S RUN CONTINUES. Olimpo continued with its outstanding campaign after beating Atlético Rafaela 2-1 at the Roberto Carminatti stadium in a match for the ninth round of the Final Tournament. Leader Colón played last night at press time against Tigre.
Herald staff with agencies