Matthieu Delpierre announces retirement

Melbourne Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre has announced he will be hanging up the boots at the conclusion of their Asian Champions League campaign.

 

The 35-year old has been a rock for Melbourne’s defence, and an experienced mentor to the younger players.

Delpierre thanked the club in an official statement published on the Melbourne Victory website.

“”It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I believe now is the right time to finish my career,“ said Delpierre

“I want to thank everyone at Melbourne Victory for making this my home for the last two years, and I will never forget the time I spent here.” 

“It has been an honour to represent this club”. 

The Frenchman made 53 appearances for Victory, playing a major part in their Premiership/Championship double in 2014/15.

Delpierre’s most illustrious accolade was captaining German side VfB Stuttgart to a Bundesliga title in 2006–07.

He has also played against some of the worlds best in the UEFA Champions League.

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Perhaps his football story isn’t quite over just yet, as Victory look to progress to the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League.

They face Japanese side Gamba Osaka at home on the 3rd of May and require a win or a draw depending on the results from Shanghai SIPG and Suwon Bluewings.

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