Ibrahim Afellay has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 34.

The midfielder was released by PSV Eindhoven at the end of last season and he was looking for a new club. However, he confirmed on NOS’s Studio Voetbal that he has now decided to retire.

Afellay made his debut for PSV Eindhoven back in 2004 and he earned a move to Barcelona. However, injuries then held the midfielder back and he had spells with Schalke, Olympiacos and Stoke City before he rejoined PSV Eindhoven. His final game was on the 26th of January last year against FC Twente, in which he was shown a red-card.

Afellay won four league titles with PSV Eindhoven and one with Barcelona. He also lifted the Champions League with Barcelona.

Afellay earned 53 caps for the Netherlands, scoring seven times in Oranje. He was part of the squad that reached the 2010 World Cup final.




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