France captain Hugo Lloris announces his retirement from international football
In an interview with L’Equipe newspaper, Lloris (36 years), who holds the record for the number of international matches with France with 145 matches, said: “It is not easy to announce this, but after 14 years in which I defended the national team shirt with great happiness, pride and responsibility, I think I have arrived.” to the end".
Lloris, goalkeeper of the English club Tottenham, finished runner-up with his country to Argentina, which won the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ at the expense of the roosters, with a penalty shootout, after the final match, in its original and extra time, ended in a 3-3 draw.
Welshman Gareth Bale announces his retirement from football
"After careful and considered consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football," Bale said on his social media account.
"I feel very fortunate to have fulfilled my dream of playing the sport I love. It has truly given me some of the best moments of my life. Highs over 17 seasons and it will be impossible to repeat no matter what the next season has in store for me."
Bale led his country to the European Championship finals twice in 2016, for the first time in his history, and reached the semi-finals with him.
then 2021, and to the World Cup Qatar 2022 for the first time since 1958, and he also won the European Champions League five times in the ranks of Real Madrid during his nine years. With him (2013-2022).
Bale holds the record for the number of international matches with Wales, and the best scorer in its ranks.
The former player, Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid and Los Angeles FC, played his last match for his country on November 29 against England in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
"From my first touch of the ball with Southampton to my last with LA and everything in between, he has made me live a career of great pride and gratitude," Bale added.
"I owe it to so many people to help me change my life and take a path that I never dreamed of going when I started playing the game at the age of nine."
For his part, Tottenham congratulated him on his Twitte account, saying, "Congratulations on an amazing career."
As for Los Angeles, he said, "He came here with the goal of winning the league championship, and as he did wherever he went, he succeeded in achieving his goal."
During his burning career, Gareth Bale played 394 matches, scoring 141 goals.
The Portuguese Federation announces the appointment of Roberto Martinez as coach of the national team
Martinez's appointment comes as a surprise, weeks after he was eliminated with Belgium in the first round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The Portuguese Federation sacked coach Fernando Santos after being eliminated from the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ against Morocco.
The Portugal national team was associated with several prominent names, such as Jose Mourinho, the current Italian coach of Rome, before the choice fell on Martinez, who achieved third place with Belgium in the 2018 World Cup.