Former German international footballer Thorsten Frings is set to retire at the end of this Bundesliga season from club football as per statements from the player in the German media, but there is some confusion at his club who say that he still could extend his contract for another season. Frings has been playing in his second spell for SV Werder Bremen since 2005 and the club is currently fighting relegation from the Bundesliga.
The 34 year old midfielder, who was born in Wuerselen close to Aachen, has played 79 times for Germany and scored 10 goals. He had started his professional career with Alemannia Aachen before moving on to Werder Bremen in 1997. After five years in Bremen he moved on to then champions Borussia Dortmund and only two seasons on he left for German giants FC Bayern Munich. But he could never settle in Bavaria and returned to Werder Bremen for whom he has been playing since 2005.
In his international career Frings played both the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2008 European Championship finals, with Germany losing on both occasions. But he will also been known for having been suspended for a push and shove on Argentinian players after Germany's quarterfinal penalty shootout victory at the 2006 FIFA World Cup which resulted in Frings being suspended for the semifinal against Italy, which Germany went on to lose.
Frings' international career ended abruptly in October 2008 after coach Joachim Loew dropped him for his no longer strong performances at club level. Fring had been an influential midfielder, more of defensive duties with a great shot and a sure-bet penalty taker.
What Frings will do after his career is unknown, but Werder Bremen would be willing to offer him a role within the club, be it management or coaching. But until then Frings will be fighting to keep Bremen a premier Bundesliga club.