After battling a long-term back injury, former German international defender Arne Friedrich has announced his retirement from football.
In our weekly birthday feature FIFA.com looks ahead to footballing stars set to celebrate over the next seven days, this week including three veterans of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and one of beach soccer's greats.
FIFA.com speaks exclusively to former Germany international Arne Friedrich about his new adventure with MLS outfit Chicago Fire, life in Illinois, and the current German national side.
Former Germany defender Arne Friedrich has signed a one-year deal with Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer after having been released by Wolfsburg back in September.
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have agreed to cancel the contract of Germany defender Arne Friedrich, who had two years left to run on his deal but now becomes a free agent.
Germany continued to stroll in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying with a 2-1 win over Austria in Vienna, while Eric Abidal’s own goal saw France muster only a draw with Belarus on the road in Minsk.