Former Fulham and Crystal Palace centre back Brede Hangeland has decided to retire from professional soccer after at age 35.
The towering Norwegian spent eight years in the Premier League and became the hub of Fulham’s defense after his move from Danish side FC Copenhagen, making over 200 Premier League appearances for the club between 2008-2014. He spent the last two years of his career with Crystal Palace, where he made 25 appearances in all competitions. He spent 12 years with the Norwegian national team, picking up 91 caps before retiring from international play in 2014.
“I’ve thought long and hard about my footballing career and I’ve decided it’s my time to end it,” Hangeland told Sky Sports.
“I’m announcing my retirement after a long time, and half of that time in this lovely country.”
Hangeland had been dealing with injury troubles towards the end of his career, and decided it was time to move on.
“You can choose to be sad that it is over or be happy that it happened,” he said. I feel so fortunate. I couldn’t have dreamed of all the experiences and lessons in all the games I’ve played so it is sad when it comes to an end.
“I think it is important to know when the time is right to finish, and with the aches and pains, I’m 35-years old and I feel I can’t do the job I want to do anymore so it’s time to move on.”