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Football News – Germany

One of the German game’s best loved players has finally hung up his boots. In mid-August, Mehmet Scholl concluded his 15-year career with Bayern Munich with a farewell match against Barcelona. After starting his career with Karlsruhe, the speedy attacking midfielder moved to the 20-time German league champions in 1992. The winner of 38 international caps, his name was synonymous with attractive football. However, his career was plagued by injuries and he played his final game for the national team before the 2002 World Cup, which prompted German news magazine Der Spiegel to refer once to him as Mr Unfinished. In the build-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, fans across Germany launched an internet campaign urging erstwhile coach Jurgen Klinsmann to include Scholl in his squad for the tournament. Such talk about him inevitably drew witty and insightful reactions from Scholl himself. Now 37, he will remain in the game with Bayern Munich – where he won an incredible eight German league titles – as a youth team coach.