Former Germany international David Odonkor retires

Former Germany international David Odonkor has retired at age 29

due to continuous injuries.

Odonkor became a national hero for one summer with his

performances at the 2006 World Cup on home soil but is suffering

from cartilage damage to his knee.

After 16 appearances for his country from May 2006 to June 2008,

Odonkor tells the Neuen Westfaelischen newspaper, ”My family and I

have decided that I won’t play anymore, but coach instead.”

Odonkor, the son of a German mother and Ghanaian father, made 75

Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund before switching to

Real Betis after his World Cup heroics.

Injury hampered his contribution at the Spanish side and he

returned to second-division Alemannia Aachen in 2011, before

spending last season at Ukrainian Premier League side Hoverla

Uzhhorod.