Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia will take sole charge of Bayer Leverkusen on their return to the UEFA Champions League next season with co-trainer Sascha Lewandowski taking over the club's youth side.
Robin Dutt has been sacked as Bayer Leverkusen coach after their fourth consecutive Bundesliga defeat at home to Freiburg yesterday, with Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski taking temporary charge.
As the year comes to an end, FIFA.com casts an eye over the famous footballing talents who have finally called time on their careers, including the likes of Ronaldo, Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro.
Sami Hyypia has described his final two years with Bayer Leverkusen as "a perfect ending" to his career, but feels the time is now right to retire as he struggles to maintain a high level of fitness.
Sami Hyypia has called time on his trophy-laden career at the age of 37, and now plans to move into coaching with current club Bayer Leverkusen and the Finland national team.
Sami Hyypia speaks to FIFA.com about life under Jupp Heynckes at Bayer Leverkusen and the Germans' chances of pulling off a Europa League shock against Villarreal.