Figo to retire from Portugal team

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Luis Figo says he will retire from the Portugal national team after his country hosts next year's European championship.

Lisbon:

Luis Figo says he will retire from the Portugal national team after his country hosts next year's European championship, though he will keep playing for Real Madrid club. "I'm planning on retiring (from Portugal) after the European championship," the 30-year-old midfielder told Portuguese cable sports channel Sport TV. Figo has for years been Portugal's standout player, forming an impressive partnership with Rui Costa. He has made 96 appearances for Portugal and should reach 100 before the championship. Figo has a contract with Real Madrid through 2006. The winger warned fans that Portugal, despite playing Euro 2004 on home turf, couldn't be considered a favourite to win the 16-nation tournament. (AP)

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