French star Boghossian retires
October 6, 2003
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PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) - French midfielder Alain Boghossian, a World Cup winner in 1998, has decided to retire at 32.

Boghossian, whose contract with Espanyol ended in August, said he wanted to stay in football and might become a coach. His clubs included Olympique Marseille, Napoli, Sampdoria and Parma, with whom he won the UEFA Cup and Italian Cup in 1999.

"I'm stopping because I no longer have the desire to play, it's time for me to move on," he told Monday's L'Equipe newspaper.

"(However) I don't want to become detached from football and would like to pass on what I have learned to youngsters," he added.

Boghossian played 26 times for France, scoring two goals, and came on as a second-half substitute in the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil, won 3-0 by France.

He played his last match for France in May 2002 and announced his international retirement after last year's World Cup, when France were knocked out in the first round.

Boghossian is the sixth member of the 1998 squad to hang up his boots. He rescinded his contract with Espanyol after playing just five games since joining in July 2002. He had a knee injury and did not get on with coach Javier Clemente.

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