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Soccer News of Thursday, 16 November 2023


Alex Song: Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder retires from football at 36

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Legendary Cameroonian footballer, Alexander Song has officially announced his retirement from the game.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder has hung up his boots at the age of 36 following a career that spanned almost two decades.

Song enjoyed most of his success during his time with La Blaugrana, where he helped win La Liga and take second place in various competitions.

Alex Song, Cameroon, Arsenal, Barcelona
Alex Song celebrating after winning La Liga with Barcelona. Credit: @FCBarcelona
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In his 19-year senior football career, Song also played for French outfit, Bastia and had spells with Charlton Athletic and West Ham United in England.

Before retiring, the former Cameroon international spent the last three years of his career in Djibouti, playing for Arta/Solar7, as reported by Sportsmole.

He made 419 club appearances and had 49 caps for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. His country was a runner-up at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and Song also made the best XI of the tournament in Ghana.

He scored 12 goals and provided 32 assists in his club career, per Transfermarkt.

In 2012, the hard-tackling midfielder finished third on the Africa Player of the Year podium, behind Didier Drogba and eventually winner, Yaya Toure.