Former Azkals captain Rob Gier retires from football

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 17, 2016 03:11 PM
Former Azkals captain Rob Gier retires from football
"Football has given me everything...But most importantly I managed to realize my childhood dream of being a footballer. "

Former Philippine Azkals team captain and longtime national team member Rob Gier has decided to call it a career, announcing his retirement from football through social media, Wednesday.

“All good things must come to an end so today I would like to announce that my playing career has now drawn to a close.” Gier said in his emotional post on his Instagram profile (robdazogier2)

Gier joined the Philippine Azkals in 2009 and has scored two international goals in 66 appearances for the Azkals.

The 35-year old Fil-Brit took over as the team’s captain in 2014 after Chieffy Caligdong retired, and served as skipper until late in 2015, and current Azkals coach Thomas Dooley named Phil Younghusband as the team’s new leader.

"Football has given me everything: I have travelled the world, won trophies, played for and against some amazing teams, met wonderful people, played in the best stadiums in the world, in front of the most passionate fans in the world, seen a whole country's footballing landscape change virtually overnight, scored some (not many) goals, made some great tackles, captained a nation, laughed and cried. But most importantly I managed to realise my childhood dream of being a footballer. "

According to his post, Rob will continue studying to be a coach, so one day we just might see Rob back with the Azkals, this time coaching on the sidelines. 

For the years of playing for the country and for representing the Philippines wholeheartedly, thank you, Rob! 

 

All good things must come to an end so today I would like to announce that my playing career has now drawn to a close. To all the people that have supported me; all the friends and family that came to watch me play; to all the players I have played with; all the coaches and management staff; to all the people behind the scenes and to all the fans: I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of the most amazing journey. A special mention to my parents and my wife who have stood by me through all the ups and downs. Their support has allowed me to follow my dreams and I will be eternally grateful to them for everything they have done. Football has given me everything: I have travelled the world, won trophies, played for and against some amazing teams, met wonderful people, played in the best stadiums in the world, in front of the most passionate fans in the world, seen a whole country's footballing landscape change virtually overnight, scored some (not many) goals, made some great tackles, captained a nation, laughed and cried. But most importantly I managed to realise my childhood dream of being a footballer. Where one doors closes, others inevitably open. I will continue my coaching education as well as Zenith Soccer Tours where we are now entering our second exciting year. I also look forward to spending even more time with our two beautiful young children, Lily and Joseph. If there is something out there that you want: dream big, work hard, and like me, you might be one of the lucky ones.

A photo posted by Rob Gier (@robdazogier2) on

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