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Football: Franck Ribery retires from French international duty

Published on Aug 14, 2014 12:45 AM
 
France's national soccer team player Franck Ribery, seen here in June 2014, has announced his retirement from international football. Ribery, 31, was the winner of the 2013 UEFA European Player of the Year award and has won 80 caps for France since his international debut in 2006. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - French winger Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international football, he said in an interview with the German magazine Kicker.

Bayern Munich’s Ribery, 31, the winner of the 2013 UEFA European Player of the Year award, has won 80 caps for France since his international debut in 2006.

“I am retiring. I realised the time had come,” he said, adding that he had taken the decision “for personal reasons”.

“I want to spend more time with my family, to concentrate on playing for Bayern Munich and also to open the way for the many other young talented players in the national side.

 
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