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Berlin: German World Cup winner Benedict Hövedes said on Friday that he was retiring at the age of 32 due to family reasons.
He made 44 appearances for Germany at center-back and full-back and played every minute on his way to victory in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He played for Skelake more than 330 times before spending the 2017-18 season on loan at Juventus and then moved to locomotive Moscow for two seasons. The Russian club agreed to release Hoveds from his contract in June.
“I was recently with my wife and son in a camper van in the south of France,” Howedes told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview published on Friday.
“I saw how happy I was to see my son next to me. Football seemed so insignificant.”
“My son is 21 months old and I did not enjoy it during my time in Moscow. And I was suffering from it,” he said.
“It’s hard to sell, giving up playing in front of sold-out stadiums. Perhaps this period was a precursor with coronoviruses and these ghostly matches.”
Hoveds also criticized the “brutal” development of football, which is “getting farther and farther from the fans”.
He is the seventh 2014 world champion to hang up his shoes. Two weeks ago, former Borussia Dortmund player Andre Schuerle surprisingly retired at just 29 years old.

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