Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday May 2 2012
Legendary Arsenal defender Sol Campbell today announced his retirement from professional football. The 37 year old elected to call time on a career that saw him win two league titles and four F.A. Cups (three of which were won with the Gunners), as well as a League Cup with Spurs. Campbell was capped 73 times by his country and was the first England player to appear at six consecutive international tournaments- being voted into the Official Team of the Tournament in three of them.
Campbell made a controversial move from Tottenham Hotspur to rivals Arsenal in the summer of 2001 on a Bosman deal. Campbell had been Spurs` captain, which invited hatred from N17. Campbell justified his move by instantly winning the Double in 2002, collecting F.A. Cups in 2003 and 2005, as well as scoring in Arsenal`s ill fated Champions League Final with Barcelona in 2006. Perhaps his finest hour though was as a key member of Arsenal`s 2003-04 Invincible side that won the Premier League without defeat. To make the season sweeter for Sol, he helped wrap up the title at White Hart Lane. Campbell left for Portsmouth in the summer of 2006, before making a shock decision to join Notts County in the summer of 2009.
But his sojourn in Nottingham lasted only a few weeks. No stranger to shock moves, Campbell returned to Arsenal in January 2010 for four months. By the time he had left again in the summer of 2010, he had appeared 211 times for the club, collecting five major trophies and having scored 12 goals. Sol signed a one year contract with Newcastle United for 2010-11, but was released last summer and has been without a club since. Thanks for everything Sol and best of luck for the future.
Date:Wednesday May 2 2012
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