Every season you see many world famous footballers bow out of the game, and enter retirement. Some go into Coaching, some go into Business – but most simply drop off the radar, and enjoy life (because they have millions of pounds in their bank account). It is always interesting to see what some do, and today, whilst playing Championship Manager 03/04 I came across a lot of players I used to like, and wondered “What are they doing?”. After a little research, Wiki’ing and digging up articles – here are 10 players who have retired, and what they do now:
The iconic ex Juventus and Croatia defender is now in his 40’s, and doing well. He is manager of his old club Hadjuk Split in his home nation, and doing a very good job. After retiring in 2008 he took up a position as assistant manager, then moved to Under 17’s coach. In 2013 he was offered the job, and took it!
Another Ex-Juventus star – Pavel released a biography in 2010, and is a member on the Juventus board, as well as having two children. He was banned from attending Serie A matches for three weeks for insulting a match official, in 2013.
The former Barcelona front man was offered a job at Ajax soon after he retired, as coach of the Under 7’s and 8’s – which he found offensive. Instead he worked for AZ Alkmaar, NEC Neijmegen and Brisbane Roar, before taking up a position as Twente Reserve Manager. Recently he has taken up a position at the Dutch national team, working under Van Gaal.
After leaving Madrid, he spent a season playing at Super-Rich Anzhi. He then took up the Assistant Managers position, but once the owner pulled out the money, Carlos left to manage Turkish side Sivasspor, and he is doing a very good job! Certainly one that could find his way to a top job someday!
The Ex-Bayern and Lyon star, who due to the likes of Romario, Ronaldo and others, only ever managed to get 15 caps for Brazil, despite his immense form in Europe. After retirement, Elber took up a scouting job with Bayern, before becoming a German Football Pundit for Das Erste, and is set to appear in Brazil 2014 as a pundit.
This is the man who once claimed he was better than Paolo Maldini. He spent most of his career floating from Club to Club, including AC Milan, Inter, Derby, Kaiserslautern and Partizan. He is most famous for apparently being 12 years older than he claimed, with Partizan chiefs finding this out when he joined, however he played so well they didn’t say anything at the time. According to Wiki, he is 40, He is actually 52! In terms of where he is now – not a clue. Nothing official but it seems he is some sort of pundit/national hero in Nigeria.
Nakata retired nearly 10 years ago, deciding enough was enough. He said that football was no longer fun. He played for Roma, Perugia, Fiorentina and even Bolton! He is also considered one of the best Asian players to have lived. He is now seen as a bit of a fashion expert, being described as a “perfect model” by some. He attends a lot of cat-walks and is a Guest Editor for ‘Monacle’.
This man was seen as the salvation of German football, even as a teenager. Thanks to this pressure, Deisler suffered with Depression, and after a succession of serious injuries and failed comebacks, including a move to Bayern, he retired aged 27. He released a book in 2010, and apparently runs a shop in his home City of Freiburg. Good to see, but such a shame as he was such a talented player!
The Bayern and Germany legend was destined to take up coaching, and did straight away. He coached Bayern Under 13’s as well as the Reserve team, but recently quit to take up a position with Das Erste as a pundit for German TV.
This man was such a good defender, playing for Germany, as well as Real Madrid, Schalke and 7 years at Dortmund. After a succession of injuries, he decided to retire and pick up where he left off – at his first team, TuS Haltern.