Berlin (dpa) – After 13 years it is finally over: Sandro Wagner ends his career as a professional football player and wants to pass on his experience as a coach in the future.
“I am incredibly grateful that football has given me a great life. I have been able to achieve all my goals and dreams,” said the 32-year-old from “Bild”. “I really enjoyed the long journey,” Wagner said of his career, adding, “Thank you to all my coaches and teammates. Thank you to all the fans. We have the best stadiums and the best fans in the world in Germany!”
In just over two weeks, Wagner is the third former national player to quit football: ex-world champion André Schürrle resigned in mid-July at the age of 29 and Benedikt Höwedes had only announced his departure a few days ago. The 32-year-old mentioned family reasons for his dismissal in the news magazine “Der Spiegel”.
Wagner would like to work as a trainer in the future. “In September I will start my trainer training in a special DFB course. My plan is to enter the trainer area next summer,” said the former Bayern striker. “I am now taking a year off and enjoying the time with my family that I would like to thank the most,” said the Munich resident. “For the fact that she was always there for me – even though I couldn’t always be with my wife and children during my professional career.”
Wagner completed eight international caps for the DFB: “I was very proud to wear the national jersey.” With his home club FC Bayern Munich he celebrated three championship titles. He also became European champion with the German U21 team and won the Confed Cup.
A week ago Wagner had canceled his contract with Tianjin Teda (“I had a great 18 months in China”). The reason for this was the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, he said. Then there was speculation about a comeback in the Bundesliga, where Wagner had played for Bayern before his China adventure and before that for TSG Hoffenheim, Darmstadt, Hertha and Werder Bremen.
“I was very happy with the many calls from Bundesliga clubs and from abroad in recent days, but my decision has been made,” said the rough-edged professional, who always said his opinion bluntly and often uncomfortably: “It was important for stay true to myself. “