Candela Retires From Football

  • September 03, 2007 | By Chris Mann
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Former Wanderers defender Vincent Candela has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 33-year-old was signed by Siena last summer but after failing to impress was sent on-loan to Messina, but they rejected the chance to sign him permanently and he was released by Siena in the summer.

Speaking to French newspaper L'Equipe, Candela confirmed his retirement.

"I'm not playing anywhere this season. My time is past," he said.

"It is time to call it quits. Football has changed. It's more physical, less tactical, less technical."

Candela joined Bolton in January 2005 as emergency cover for the injured Ricardo Gardner, making 10 appearances for the club.

He has stated that his time at the Reebok was the worst spell of his career and that he couldn't wait to get out of English football.

"I got out of Bolton quick, the weather and English football were not for me. The forwards used to tackle me, a defender. I did not understand."

Candela has a list of impressive clubs on his CV, having played for Toulouse, Guingamp, Roma, Bolton, Udinese, Siena and Messina, whilst he was also capped 40 times for France, where he claimed a World Cup winners medal in 1998.

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