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Germany Keeper Lehmann to Retire

  • Reuters, Wednesday, August 19, 2009 4 PM
Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann announced that he will retire at the end of this season. Lehmann said that he wants to see one last year of Champions League soccer with his current club Stuttgart. "Until the end of the season and then that is it," he said. "It will be good to move out of the spotlight for a bit."

Lehmann won 61 caps for Germany, starting in 1998, and played his last match in his country's 1-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2008 final. Also outstanding during much of his tenure at Arsenal, from 2003 to 2008, he will be remembered as the first keeper red carded in a Champions League final, for a foul on striker Samuel Eto'o in the 2006 defeat against Barcelona. He returned to Germany and signed up for Stuttgart last year after a career that also saw him play for Schalke, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

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