English Premiership

Bellamy retires from football

2014-05-22 20:38
Craig Bellamy (Getty Images)

London -

Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy announced his retirement on Thursday.

Bellamy, who had been playing for his hometown club Cardiff City for the last two seasons, decided to hang up his boots after coming to the conclusion that his body "couldn't take it any more".

The 34-year-old Wales international couldn't stop Cardiff being relegated to the Championship and that was the signal to call a halt to a successful 17-year career which also included spells at Celtic, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City.

Bellamy fulfilled his childhood dream of helping Cardiff win promotion to the Premier League in 2013, ending the south Wales club's 51-year absence from the top-flight.

But he had been contemplating retirement for several seasons and finally felt the strain on his aching limbs was too great to continue.

In an interview given to Wales Online he said: "It's been on my mind to finish playing for the last couple of years, but this time I've had to make a decision. I've had to listen to my body.

"I guess over the years I've become accustomed to the pain from various injuries, but for the last three to four years I've been on anti-inflammatories every day.

"I'm not sure my body will think that's a wise thing in due course, but it kept me playing for that period.

"However, the time has come to stand aside and say enough.

"My body can't take any more.

"When Cardiff got promoted, it was the sense of achievement with my home-town club that meant most to me, rather than being able to play another season in the English Premiership.

"But I spoke to Malky Mackay (the manager at the time) and he talked me around for one last challenge.

"I wasn't sure I could offer too much."

Bellamy, who won 78 caps for Wales, said he has received offers to continue playing from clubs in England and the Unites States, but he is now planning on pursuing a coaching career.

"I do have lots of business activities to keep me busy and I'm taking my full coaching badges," he said.

"I just need to do the Pro-Licence which will prepare me properly for management."

Bellamy has been regarded as a controversial character after a series of ugly incidents, including an infamous bust-up that saw him attack Liverpool team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club after a row over karaoke during a trip to Portugal in 2007.

But Bellamy, who followed that incident by celebrating a goal against Barcelona with an imaginary golf swing, claims the more mature figure the fans saw at the end of his playing days was a truer reflection of his personality.

"I've been an angry young man at times.

"So much of my career was affected by injuries.

"Not just the well-documented surgery, but the hamstring pulls and other things," he said.

"Injuries hit me hard and they always seemed to come at key times.

"But I think that anger I've displayed has been channelled into making me a better player. It gave me determination to get through those many injury problems.

"In the last couple of years I've been more proud, able to step back, enjoy my accomplishments.

"Why? Because my mind was in a good place."

Bellamy retires with 169 career goals, League Cup and Community Shield medals won at Liverpool and a Scottish Cup from his time at Celtic.


Sanchez stars in Arsenal win

2015-11-25 00:22


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

28 November 2015
Manchester City v Southampton, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Stoke City, Stadium of Light 17:00
Aston Villa v Watford, Villa Park 17:00
Bournemouth v Everton, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Leicester City v Manchester United, King Power Stadium 19:30
29 November 2015
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, White Hart Lane 14:00
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion, Boleyn Ground 16:05
Liverpool v Swansea City, Anfield 18:15
Norwich City v Arsenal, Carrow Road 18:15
05 December 2015
Stoke City v Manchester City, Britannia Stadium 14:45
Arsenal v Sunderland, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Leicester City, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v West Ham United, Old Trafford 17:00
Southampton v Aston Villa, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur, The Hawthorns 17:00
Watford v Norwich City, Vicarage Road 17:00
Chelsea v Bournemouth, Stamford Bridge 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.