Lehmann plans to retire after Euro 2008

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann plans to retire after playing the 2008 European Championship.

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Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann plans to retire after playing the 2008 European Championship. Lehmann also told Kicker Magazine on Monday he would like to play again in Germany. His contract with his English club runs out after this season. "At 36, I have the Europeans ahead of me in two years - that is what I am working toward," Lehmann said. "After that I think its over - on the national team and as a professional player." Lehmann, coming off one of his best career seasons at Arsenal and a good World Cup, said he will decide after the season about signing with the Premier League team again. "Let's see how the coming season goes," he said. "Basically I would like to play in Germany one more time." Lehmann played for Bundesliga clubs Schalke, where he won the UEFA Cup, and Borussia Dortmund. Lehmann will play again on Wednesday when Germany hosts Sweden after an extended vacation following the World Cup. Coming home brought back memories of the euphoria that gripped Germany during the World Cup. "A lot of people tell me about their great memories of that time," he said. "The sad thing is it was probably the best time of my life and now it's over." (AP)

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