Aug
05
2008
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Stefan Beinlich

Cartilage damage to the knee has forced Stefan Beinlich to bring down the curtain on his playing career. The captain of relegated Bundesliga team Hansa Rostock told German daily Die Welt “That’s it for me. My knee won’t hold up. I’m jogging again, but for the time being I just want to live a normal life again free of pain”. The former German international suffered cartilage damage and a torn meniscus in his left knee during the 1-1 draw away to MSV Duisburg and had to undergo an operation. Beinlich may well be appointed Hansa’s team manager for the coming season. “We’ve already had conversations about how I could help the club. As yet, however, nothing has been confirmed,” explained the 36-year-old. Beinlich played 288 Bundesliga matches in all for Hansa Rostock, Bayer Leverkusen, Hertha Berlin and Hamburg, scoring 56 goals in the process. He won five full international caps for Germany.