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Josip Šimunić Ends Dinamo Zagreb Career

JoeFormer Croatia international defender Josip Šimunić has called time on his career with Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb…

Šimunić (36), who joined Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2011, was presented with a framed shirt ahead of Dinamo’s match against NK Slaven Belupo at Maksimir stadium on Sunday. Šimunić arrived at Dinamo Zagreb after a long career in Germany, and helped the Croatian club to make it through twice to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, and twice to the UEFA Europa League during his 116 matches for the club in just under 3 and a half years. Šimunić scored 8 times for the club.

“He was a leader on the pitch and in the changing room. I wish his all the best with whatever he chooses to do next in his life,” said Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić.

Šimunić, who recently became a father for the first time, is said to be weighing up an offer to play one more season in the Bosnia and Herzegovinan league with NK Široki Brijeg. Šimunić played 105 times for Croatia, including appearances at five major tournaments – World Cup 2002, World Cup 2006, Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 – and is the third most capped player in the history of the Croatia national team. (GNK Dinamo)

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