Official: Former Germany International Oliver Neuville Leaves Arminia Bielefeld & Decides To Retire

Oliver Neuville has left Arminia Bielefeld and ended his professional career.
After engaging in frank and open discussions with coach Ewald Lienen, Oliver Neuville has decided to leave Arminia Bielefeld with immediate effect, ending his career rather than looking for a new club. The 37-year-old had been unhappy with his situation at the 2. Bundesliga club, and confronted Lienen to assess his future.

"The conversation with Oliver Neuville was very open and honest; he was both critical and self-critical," Lienen said, according to SPOX. "Oliver has enjoyed an outstanding football career, the decision was best for both sides."

The 69-times capped Germany international later confirmed that he will not pursue a new professional contract as a player.

"It's definitely over. I've been thinking about it for a long while already but this isn't how I hoped it would happen. I hoped to play for longer."

Neuville's contract was set to expire in June 2011. The former Gladbach star represented Germany at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and was a substitute at Euro 2008.

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