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Azkals stonewall Gier retires

Ivan Saldajeno (file photo)

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--Rob Gier can now hear the final whistle.

The stonewall centerback officially called it a career that spanned fifteen years with seven different English clubs.

"All good things must come to an end, so I would like to announce that my playing career has now drawn to a close," the former Azkal captain said in his Facebook status on Wednesday.
All good things must come to an end so today I would like to announce that my playing career has now drawn to a close....
Posted by Rob Dazo Gier on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The 35-year-old reached the pinnacle of his career when he helped Aldershot Town secure promotion to the Football League as Conference champions in his only season.

He debuted for the Philippines in 2009 in an AFC Challenge Cup qualifier. Since then he played 66 apperances for the Azkals and score two goals, all in 2014. He was one of the starters that upset Vietnam in the ASEAN Championship 5 years ago.

Gier rode the bench last year and only started once, a home win against Bahrain on June 11.

In the same status update, Gier is continuing his coaching education, stating that his start-up Zenith Soccer Tours is on its second year.

"If there is something out there that you want: dream big, work hard, and like me, you might be one of the lucky ones," Gier closed.

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