Former Spanish World and European Champion Fernando Torres ended his brilliant football career in Japan on Friday. The 35-year-old striker won the 2010 World Cup and twice the European title with Spain. In 2008, the attacker called "El Nino" (the child), who was known for his youthful appearance, became the finalist in Vienna.
After a pass on the then Barcelona star Xavi Torres defeated Philipp Lahm and defeated DFB goalie Jens Lehmann with a lob in the far corner. The striker, who also hit aluminum in the final, was named "Man of the Match".
For Spain, it was the beginning of the most successful era in football: It was followed by winning the 2010 World Cup title in South Africa and the European Championship title defense 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
End of career in Japan
At the end of his career Torres lost with his Japanese club Sagan Tosu sang- and soundless 1-6 against the J-League competitor Vissel Kobe. Torres, who plays for Sagan Tosu since 2018, once again met his longtime national team-mates David Villa and Andres Iniesta.
Torres had already announced his retirement at the end of June. The game against Kobe was "an iconic moment, the perfect moment" to stop, he had said. Torres celebrated his professional debut at the age of 17 at Atletico Madrid in 2001. From there, he moved to Liverpool in 2007 and then played for Chelsea, Milan and again for Atletico, before he went to Japan after a total of 350 missions for his regular club.
Ten very special days in 2013
Torres, who scored 38 times in 110 games for Spain, won the title in the Champions League and 2013 in the Europa League at club level in 2012 with Chelsea. In 2018, Torres repeated the EL triumph with Atletico Madrid. Despite all international successes, he was denied winning a championship in the various leagues, in 2012, after all, he succeeded in winning the FA Cup. In 2013, Torres was happy to celebrate ten very special days, when he was reigning world and European champion as well as CL and EL winner.