Sagnol confirms retirement

French international defender Willy Sagnol has confirmed his retirement from football after failing to recover from an achilles tendon injury he suffered at UEFA EURO 2008.

"The evidence is there - it's an injury which won't heal. Surgery is not possible. The only solution is to stop," said the 31-year-old Bayern Munich player who hadn't played at all this season.

Sagnol was part of the French team which finished runners-up to Italy at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. The right-back won five league titles with Bayern Munich, four German Cups and also a UEFA Champions League winner's medal in 2001.