VETERAN Azkals’ player Rob Gier is retiring.
Gier, who had been on call with the Philippine national team since March of 2009, made his decision known on Twitter yesterday.
He told his friends and supporters that his time to retire has come.
“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,” said Gier.
The 35-year-old Gier, whose mom is from Tacloban, debuted for the Azkals in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in their game against Bhutan.
He also scored his first official international goal for the Philippines in the 2014 Philippine Peace Cup against Chinese Taipei.
While with the Azkals, he has also been with Acott United for the last seven years.
“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,” said Gier in his message.
Gier said he will now move to become a coach.
“Where one door 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,” added Gier.
He said he also looks forward to spending more time with his two children, Lily and Joseph.