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Lehmann to retire at end of season

Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is to finally hang up his gloves after a near two-decade career at the end of the season. Lehmann, who turns 40 in November, will see out his contract with Stuttgart and then retire.

sports Updated: Aug 18, 2009 20:09 IST

Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is to finally hang up his gloves after a near two-decade career at the end of the season.

Lehmann, who turns 40 in November, will see out his contract with Stuttgart, the club he joined after a long spell with Arsenal, and then retire, he announced on German television on Tuesday.

“After this season it’s finished for me, I’ve had enough, it’ll be time to try something else and to disappear a bit off the radar,” he said.

The veteran stopper known for his temperamental character, has 61 international caps to his name, appearing at the 2006 World Cup and at Euro 2008.

It was after Germany lost in the Euro 2008 final to Spain that he announced his retirement from the national team but he is still holding out hope of a call up for the 2010 World Cup.

Aside from Stuttgart and Arsenal he has had spells with Schalke 04, his first club, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.