Andre Schurrel, a World Cup winner with German, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 29 after terminating his contract with Borussia Dortmund.
The former member of a Mainz “boy band” under current PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, Schurrle’s impressive career spanned 207 Bundesliga appearances and a further 68 in England’s Premier League for Chelsea and Fulham, while he collected 57 caps and scored 22 goals for Germany, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup triumph – in which he provided the assist for Mario Gotze final winner – the defining moment.
“I want to let you know that I’m stepping away from playing professional football,” Schurrle wrote on instagram. “On behalf of myself and my family i want to thank everybody who was a part of these phenomenal years! The support and love you shared with me was unbelievable and more i could have ever asked for! “Now I’m ready and open for all the beautiful possibilities that are coming towards me.”
Andre Schurrle left a mark on the football world. In the 2014 World Cup Schurrle came from the bench to set Germany on their way to an extra-time win over Algeria, earning them a place in the historic 7-0 semi-final victory over hos Brazil followed, before an injury to Christiph Kramer just half an hour into the final against Argentina saw Germany coach Joachim Low summon his lucky charm once more.
With penalty shoot-out looming, Schurrle burst down the left wing and sent a pinpoint cross onto the chest of an unmarked Gotze. The rest they say is history.
One of football greats has hanged the boots. You will be missed Andre Schurrle.