Injured Dutch winger Marc Overmars calls time on
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Injured Dutch winger Marc Overmars calls time on
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OVERMARS (FAR RIGHT OF PICTURE) WITH ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER (CENTRE) AND FRENCH MIDFIELDER EMMANUEL PETIT (LEFT)
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Background: Injured Dutch winger Marc Overmars calls time on
Dutch international Marc Overmars announced his
retirement from football on Monday (July 26), blaming the
decision on persistent injury problems.
The 31-year-old winger told a news conference at
Barcelona where he has played since July 2000:
"My footballing future ends now. My knee is causing too
many problems and I can't play at the level I would wish."
Overmars became the most expensive Dutch player of all
time and the most expensive player in Barcelona history
when he signed from Arsenal in July 2000 for a fee of
around 36 million euros -- a deal which also included his
Arsenal team mate Emmanuel Petit.
Overmars' task was to replace Luis Figo, the Portuguese
winger who had been poached by Real Madrid, but he failed
to produce the sort of eye-catching attacking form he
regularly showed at Arsenal and Barcelona told him at the
end of last season that he could leave the club.
The arrival of Overmars at Barcelona in 2000 coincided
with a lean spell for the club and he could not help the
Catalans to a single major title in his four years in
He scored eight league goals in 31 appearances in a
first season that was acceptable rather than spectacular
and that proved to be his most successful campaign.
He failed to score in 20 league games the following
season, scored six in 26 games in 2002-03 and managed one
league goal in 20 games last term.
Overmars becomes the fifth Dutch player to leave
Barcelona since the end of last season, following the
departures of Patrick Kluivert, Michael Reiziger, Philip
Cocu and Edgar Davids.
Overmars said on Monday (July 26) he would leave
without recompense of the one year remaining on his
Barcelona president Joan Laporta thanked him for that
gesture, saying: "It's an act of sincerity and respect for
"It's a mark of great dignity for him to say he can no
longer player at the level Barcelona require and to
renounce his contract."
Overmars played for the Netherlands at Euro 2004 in
Portugal in June but opted against looking for a new club
for the forthcoming season, following Barcelona's decision
to let him go.
The popular player made his Dutch international debut
against Turkey in February 1993 and represented his country
86 times, making him the third highest-capped Dutch player
after Frank de Boer (112 caps) and Edwin van der Sar (89).
He scored 17 goals for his country.
He started his career at Go Ahead Eagles before playing
for Willem II, Ajax, Arsenal and Barcelona and retires
having won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, three
Dutch titles with Ajax, one English title with Arsenal and
a string of other honours.
They included a 1998 FA Cup final win with Arsenal in
which he scored in a 2-0 victory against Newcastle United
as Arsenal completed an English league and cup double.
Factbox on Dutch international Marc Overmars who announced
his retirement as a player:
Date of birth: March 29, 1973
Place of birth: Emst, Netherlands
International debut: February 24, 1993 v Turkey
International caps: 86
International goals: 17
Ajax Amsterdam: European Cup (1995), European Super Cup
(1996), Intercontinental Cup (1995), Dutch
first division (1994, 1995, 1996), Dutch Cup (1993), Dutch
Super Cup (1993, 1994, 1995)
Arsenal: English premier league (1998), English FA Cup
(1998), English Charity Shield (1998, 1999)
1990: Begins career with Go Ahead Eagles, moves on to
Willem II Tilburg the following season.
1992: Joins Ajax Amsterdam from Willem II Tilburg.
1993: Makes international debut for Netherlands against
1994: Member of Dutch squad that reached the quarter-finals
of the World Cup.
1995: Won European Cup with Ajax Amsterdam.
1996: Wins third consecutive Dutch championship with Ajax
but missed out on Euro 96 squad due to injury.
1997: Transferred to Arsenal, where he won the league and
FA cup double in his first season. Scored in the FA Cup
final win against Newcastle United.
1998: Member of Dutch squad that reached the semi-finals of
the World Cup.
2000: Member of Dutch squad that reached the semi-finals of
the European Championship. Moved from Arsenal to Barcelona
for 36.0 million euros, still a record transfer fee for a
2004: May - Released by Barcelona.
June - Member of Dutch squad that reached the semi-finals
of the European Championship. Made 86th and final
international appearance in semi-final against Portugal,
leaving him third in the list of all-time Dutch
July - Announces retirement from football aged 31 due to