Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Scharner Retires, Blasts Former Club
ESPN FC, September 4th, 2013 3:52PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, germany

MOST COMMENTED

Paul Scharner decided to retire from the game after he was paid $595,000 to rescind his contract at Hamburg, where he failed to secure himself a spot with the first team. The former Austria international, 33, announced his decision to retire on his Twitter account on Monday.

Scharner had joined Hamburg in the summer of 2012, but injuries and suspensions would blight his season, causing the former Wigan Athletic defender to return to his former club on loan, where eventually won the FA Cup title in addition to being relegated from the Premier League.

At the beginning of the summer, Scharner returned to Hamburg hoping to secure a spot with the first team, but Coach Thorsten Fink left him to play with the reserves. Later in the month, Scharner threatened the club, saying he “would never give up” and warning: “This could turn out to be nasty.”

Eventually, the club paid out his contract. “Hamburg had to pay for their mistakes,” Scharner told a press conference on Tuesday. “From day one, Hamburg had been a disappointment for me. I was never offered a chance. Moreover, the club has no philosophy.” He added: “Top-level soccer is no longer about soccer. It’s only business. To pay €100 million for one player is just wrong,” he said, referring to Gareth Bale’s world-record move to Real Madrid. “Real characters are no longer in demand.”

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Legia Loses CAS Appeal     
Legia Warsaw has said it will sack the administrator blamed for the clerical error that resulted ...
Report: BVB's Sponsors to Buy Stakes     
Borussia Dortmund on Thursday announced that the club would issue up to 24.5 million shares in ...
Simeone: Atletico Can't Compete with Real, Barca    
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Atltico Madrid coach Diego Simeone emphasized that despite ...
Dzeko Signs Four-Year Man City Contract     
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on Thursday signed a new four-year deal with the defending Premier ...
FA Investigates Mackay, Moody     
Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody resigned on Thursday as the English FA opened an investigation ...
Poyet: 'I've Never Seen Jozy as Happy as Now'    
Gus Poyet, speaking ahead of Sunderland's home clash against Manchester United this weekend, says that USA ...
Ronaldo Fit for Super Cup; Di Maria, Khedira Futures Uncertain    
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to start ...
Balotelli to Join Liverpool     
AC Milan on Thursday confirmed that striker Mario Balotelli has said goodbye to the club's teammates ...
Report: Mackay Out of Palace Running    
Malky Mackay, who was considered a shoo-in for the vacant Crystal Palace job, is no longer ...
UEFA Investigates Tavecchio Comments    
Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is being investigated by UEFA over an alleged racist ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives