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Freddie Calls It A Day

Arsenal Invincible and underwear model Freddie Ljungberg has announced his retirement from professional football. Ljungberg was signed by Arsenal in 1998 and immediately ingratiated himself with Arsenal fans by notching a goal on his debut against Manchester United- an opponent he would regularly haunt in his time at Arsenal. Ljungberg won Barclaycard Player of the Year for 2001-02, as well as netting two league titles and three F.A. Cups in his time with the Gunners. He appeared 216 times for Arsenal, scoring 46 goals. He also captained Sweden.

'It's still fun to play the big games, but when you no longer have the motivation for training then it's time to call it quits,' he told Swedish broadcasters SVT.

'This is a decision which has come about during a six-month absence.
'During my career I've had the possibility to play with some of the best players in the world, as well as some of the best teams.

'I'm grateful for everything football has given me and all of the fantastic people I've met during my career.'

Ljungberg was picked up from Halmstads by Arsenal and subsequently played for West Ham United, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Celtic and Shimzu S Pulse, who cancelled his contract six months ago. Freddie struggled to recover from a hip problem in 2002, which robbed him of much of his mobility and may explain why he has retired at the relatively young age of 35.

Ljungberg joins Invincibles Patrick Vieira, Jens Lehmann, Martin Keown, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord, Lauren, Ray Parlour, Edu and Pascal Cygan in the retirement village.




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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 24 2012

Time: 3:26PM

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he was like a stealth, ghosting from the blindside to score important goals. his combination with bergkamp was almost telepathic. thanks for the great memories freddie
Joe_@**
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24/08/2012 15:47:00

Ł3.5 million, BARGAIN!
Scotch Eggs Rule
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24/08/2012 15:49:00

One of my fav players.. Not a great goalscorer but scorer of important goals. Love ya Freddie
Sajit
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24/08/2012 16:38:00

great player in hes hay day
123spurs
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24/08/2012 17:16:00

Man, I remember in the the run in for the 2002 championship I missed almost every single one of his goals. It seemed that every time my bladder got the better of me and I needed to pee I'd comeback to find Freddie and his mates celebrating a goal. I had a cat named after him :)
Rocky7
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24/08/2012 17:32:00

A true great. Enjoy your retirement Freddie
deledudu
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24/08/2012 18:03:00

Thanks for all the beautiful moments and memories Freddie.
Deltaforce
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24/08/2012 18:08:00

All the very best in your endeavours, Freddie.
Naijagunner
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24/08/2012 18:30:00

Wow Freddie the Red was my favourite any day he was on the pitch. He always just ran and ran and ran and ran. With that is red dyed hair. He was scintillating, brilliant, daring and always seemed to second guess Bergkhamp. My username is a tribute to him. Wish you all the best man and many thanx for the great memories.
phreddy
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25/08/2012 05:48:00

Freddie must have a spell over bladders! The only goal I've ever missed in my life was his against Charlton New Years Day 2005 cos I was having a whizz!
Little Dutch
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25/08/2012 11:31:00

Look Rocky/LD I know he's a good looking lad but all this talk of holding your willy while he's scoring has to stop!!
Scotch Eggs Rule
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25/08/2012 13:23:00

Best of luck in your retirement Freddie. Him and Bobby were absolute dynamite on the wings and he seemed to have a knack of scoring important goals. Also remember his debut fondly and that lovely goal he scored. All the best Freddie!!
Ned Stark
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26/08/2012 14:17:00

 

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