Hagi to Quit Soccer

Published June 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Gheorghe Hagi, the most capped player in the history of Romanian football, said on Saturday that he would quit the international game after Euro 2000. 

Hagi, who came out of a previous retirement to help his country reach these finals, plans to continue his club career for another season - after winning the UEFA Cup last month with Turkish side Galatasaray. 

The six-times Romanian Player of the Year is a veteran of five international tournaments, including the 1984 European Championships, having made his debut in 1983. He was at the peak of his powers in the 1994 World Cup, when he inspired Romania to the quarter-finals with a stunning long distance shot against Colombia in the group stage and the decisive third goal in a thrilling 3-2 second-round win against Argentina. 

Asked if the 35-year-old planned to retire after the tournament, Hagi told reporters at Romania's training ground: "Yes. Yes. Ninety-nine per cent. One percent I don't,” – (Several Sources) 

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