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Croatian forward Ivica Olic announces retirement

Former Bayern Munich and Croatia forward Ivica Olic announces his retirement from professional football.

Former Bayern Munich and Croatia forward Ivica Olic has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 37-year-old started his career with Croatian side Marsonia in 1996, while he also represented the likes of Hertha Berlin, Dinamo Zagreb, CSKA Moscow and Hamburger SV before moving to Bayern in the summer of 2009.

The forward won one Bundesliga title and reached two Champions League finals during his time at the Allianz Arena, but his club career ended in disappointment after being relegated to the third tier with 1860 Munich last season.

Olic, who scored at the 2002 and 2014 World Cups for Croatia, has said that he "can leave football with a clear conscience".

"I'm ready to hang up my boots," Olic told Bild. "I think I can leave football with a clear conscience. I am happy, having fun with myself, I had a lot of success and I can say that I gave everything in training and matches. For me it was a dream to play at a high level for so long.

"I'm sorry to go when the club were relegated to the third division. I love this traditional club, but in it there have been problems for a long time."

Olic's international career saw him manage 20 goals in 104 appearances between 2002 and 2015.

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