Soccer player Patrik Berger retires at 36

The Czech football player Patrik Berger has announced his retirement at the age of 36, citing long-term injury problems. Berger, who was part of the Czech team that reached the final at the 1996 European Championship, scored 18 goals for the Czech Republic in 44 international appearances, before retiring from international football in 2001. The midfielder played for the German side Borussia Dortmund before a spell in the English Premier League where he appeared for Liverpool, Portsmouth and Aston Villa. Berger ended his career at the club where it began, Sparta Prague.

Author: Ian Willoughby