Volkswagen Arena

Next Game

Wolfsburg v Bay Munich

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 19:30

Supercup Supercup Final

Van Buyten calls it a day

Former Manchester City defender Daniel Van Buyten has announced his retirement from football.

Last Updated: 14/08/14 at 17:03 Post Comment

Daniel Van Buyten: Brings his career to an end

Daniel Van Buyten: Brings his career to an end

The 36-year-old, who played for Belgium at the World Cup in Brazil, was released by Bayern Munich at the end of last season but, despite attracting interest from Brussels club Anderlecht, he has decided to call time on his career.

In an open letter published in Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, he wrote: "Important decisions are often difficult to make. I have realised that over recent days. And reason often trumps emotion.

"My final goal was to play at the World Cup and to give something back to my country.

"Since January I worked hard and prepared for the big event with the utmost professionalism. My body has certainly suffered for it.

"I was honoured when various proposals arrived while I was in Brazil. In particular, Anderlecht's efforts touched me deeply.

"But those who know me well know that when I engage in a project, I do so at 100 per cent. I have tried over the past few weeks but my body tells me it's impossible. I don't want to disappoint a club like Anderlecht and its supporters.

"That is why I have reluctantly decided to decline Anderlecht's offer. A new life begins for me and I want to spend more time with my wife, my children, and the people I love."

Van Buyten's senior career began at Charleroi in 1998 and, after spending two years with Standard Liege, he signed for Marseille in 2001.

He moved to Premier League club City on loan in January 2004, making five league appearances before returning to Marseille briefly ahead of his switch to the Bundesliga with Hamburg.

In 2006 he joined Bayern and, across his eight years in Munich, won the German championship four times and the Champions League in 2013.

Van Buyten made his Belgium debut in 2001 and earned a total of 84 caps before retiring. He made five appearances in World Cup qualifying to help Belgium reach the Brazil finals, their first tournament appearance in 12 years.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Palace confirm Cabaye talks

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has confirmed the club are in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Tottenham 'agree' Alderweireld deal

Tottenham have agreed a deal for Atletico Madrid central defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports in Italy.

Liverpool linked with Balde Diao swap

Liverpool are in talks with Lazio over a player-plus-cash deal for striker Keita Balde Diao, according to reports in Italy.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company