Hamburg left-back Marcell Jansen has just announced his retirement from the game of football at the age of just 29. The club had failed to offer the former German international a new contract, after which the player decided to call it a day. Interestingly, Jansen’s reasons seem incredibly noble, as he claims that putting on another club’s shirt to kiss yet another club logo is something that he is not willing to do.
Born in Monchengladbach, Marcell Jansen came through Borussia Monchengladbach’s famous youth academy and made his debut for the Foals in 2004. 75 games and five goals later, the left-footed defender had left such a good impression, that record champions Bayern Munich agreed to pay €10 million for his services in 2007. In Munich, Jansen did not have such a great time and saw his meteoric development come to a halt, managing only 17 Bundesliga appearances for the German giant.
Only a year after moving to Munich, Jansen decided to move on and joined Hamburg for a fee of €8 million. At the time, he was still rated as one of Germany’s finest full-backs and the deal represented a coup of sorts for Hamburg. In six years at HSV, the defender made 160 appearances, scoring 24 goals in the process. In total, Jansen managed an impressive 242 Bundesliga outings, with 25 goals and 25 assists to his name. In addition to this, the boy from Monchengladbach made 45 appearances for Germany, scoring three goals.
It will certainly be a loss for German football to lose one of its brightest stars of recent years, but it is hard to argue with Jansen’s decision to hang up the boots during a time when money seems more important to footballers than the honour of representing a club. As such, the likes of Everton and Benfica, who had been linked with the player, will have to look elsewhere.