Hard tackling defender Khalid Boulahrouz has announced his retirement from professional football after a 14-year career.

  • By Spencer Steevensz

boulahrBoulahrouz, who has been without a club since Feyenoord decided not to renew his contract last season, announced on Thursday that he is hanging up his boots. He wasn’t so sure during the winter transfer window, where he said he was looking into options in America or the Middle East, but made his decision after saying his love for the game has slowly waned. “I didn’t like football,” Boulahrouz told Helden Online, “I was obssessed with it. However, slowly, that obsession has lessened.”

The 34-year old started is career at RKC Waalwijk, before moving onto Hamburger SV, Chelsea, Sevilla, Stuttgart, Sporting CP, Brondby, and Feyenoord.

Over 8 years he earned 35 caps for the Netherlands, representing his country at the 2006 World Cup, 2008 Euro Cup and 2010 World Cup.

Spencer Steevensz (104 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!