Soccer-Former Sweden captain Ljungberg retires

STOCKHOLM Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:46pm IST

STOCKHOLM Aug 24 (Reuters) - Former Arsenal player and Sweden captain Freddie Ljungberg has decided to retire from soccer, his press adviser told Swedish television on Friday.

"It's correct that Fredrik has taken the decision to quit. I got the decision on Wednesday," Lili Assefa told the SVT channel.

The 35-year-old, capped 75 times by his country, was without a club after terminating his contract with Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse by mutual consent in February.

Ljungberg, also known for modelling Calvin Klein underwear and his colourful haircuts, made his name in England at Arsenal, where he won two Premier League titles between 1998 to 2007.

The attacking midfielder was also part of Arsenal's famed "Invincibles" who went unbeaten in winning the 2003-04 English title.

Ljungberg subsequently joined West Ham United before spells in Major League Soccer, Scotland and Japan.

He appeared at two World Cups and two European championships before retiring from international football in 2008. (Writing by Mark Meadows; Editing by Alastair Himmer)

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