Danish star Jon Dahl Tomasson retires
Denmark striker Jon Dahl Tomasson announced Tuesday he is
retiring from football, ending a playing career that saw him score
goals throughout Europe and become his country’s joint top scorer
of all time.
Tomasson, who scored 52 goals in 112 internationals, said he was
hanging up his boots after failing to regain full fitness following
an injury he suffered while playing for Denmark at last year’s
World Cup in South Africa.
”It’s a sad day, because being a professional footballer is the
most beautiful thing there is,” the 34-year-old said at a news
The nomadic Dane began his playing career with Koge before
transferring to Dutch club Heerenveen. He then spent a year with
Newcastle before returning to the Netherlands to join
He played for the Rotterdam club from 1998-2002, winning a Dutch
league title and scoring in the final as Feyenoord won the 2002
UEFA Cup before transferring to AC Milan. He won the Champions
League in 2003 with the Serie A team.
”The UEFA Cup with Feyenoord and winning the Champions League
are my absolute highlights,” he said. ”I’ve always been driven
and I think I got the maximum out of my career.”
Tomasson later played for Stuttgart and Villarreal before
returning to Feyenoord, but the final years of his career were
blighted by injuries.
He said that after working all last season trying to recover
from a thigh injury he suffered in Denmark’s 3-1 loss to Japan, his
doctor told him last week it would take at least another three
months to regain full fitness.
”That was the final straw that made me decide to retire,” he
Tomasson scored Denmark’s only goal in that defeat to Japan in
Rustenberg, in what turned out to be his last match. He retired
from international football after the tournament.
He now plans to join the coaching staff of Excelsior, another
Rotterdam club with close links to Feyenoord that also plays in the