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The experienced striker, who made his mark at Real Sociedad, has decided to hang up his boots after more than six months without a club

Nihat Kahveci has announced that he is retiring from football with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old had been without a club since Besiktas terminated his contract in May after a sub-par campaign in which he failed to score in 17 appearances.

"I would like to share my decision to put an end to my professional career as a footballer," a statement from Nihat read.

Nihat broke into Besiktas' first team in 1997 and featured for the Istanbul-based club until 2002, when he moved to Real Sociedad.

At the Primera Division club, the striker formed a great partnership with Darko Kovacevic and finished joint second with Real Madrid's Ronaldo in the scoring charts in 2002-03.

Nihat also played at Villarreal between 2006 and 2009 before returning to Besiktas, where he failed to make his mark and even clashed with team-mate Ricardo Quaresma and a journalist.

He won 69 caps for Turkey, helping his country to a third-placed finish at the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.

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