At the age of 33 and after more than 400 appearances for Rotblau, Valentin Stocker will end his career. The FCB legend will play his last game as a professional on Sunday in the home game against Lugano (4.30 p.m.).
According to the club communiqué, he will become an assistant to the sporting director in the summer – “and support them in all areas”. After about two years of training and further education, the aim is to introduce Stocker to the position of sports director.
“Make room for something new”
“It became apparent,” Stocker says to the club’s own TV: “I’ve reached a really nice point in my career, I’m still full of juice. Nevertheless, now is the moment to make room for something new.”
Then he adds with a laugh: “I’m not gone – my path in the club continues.” He’s looking forward to the experiences over the next two years – he’ll do stages, for example in the Bundesliga. “And I’ve already called Gegge (Heitz, head of sports at Chicago Fire, ed.),” says Stocker.
Stocker thinks back to the magical FCB nights
He emphasized that he was able to experience incredible moments with FCB. There would be numerous European Cup appearances and many important goals – like that in the 1-0 victory in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. Or his ten title wins with the club, which he joined at the age of 16 – and for which he always played, with the exception of the interlude at Hertha Berlin.
Under coach Marcel Koller he became captain for the first time. Now he resigns as the same on Sunday. “I can’t promise anything,” says Stocker, “it will definitely get emotional.” FCB are planning to pay tribute to their longstanding identification figure in September – probably during the international break – with a farewell game.