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 By Ian Holyman

Thierry Henry ponders life without football and a future in coaching

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains that Thierry Henry may be one of the best French players ever, after amassing 20 trophies in a 21-year career.

Thierry Henry has said it feels "weird" to have quit football and acknowledged he has a lot to learn before he can consider coaching a team.

Henry, 37, announced his retirement earlier this month after the expiration of his contract with New York Red Bulls. His decision brought an end to a career in which the striker won virtually every honour available to him, becoming Arsenal's and France's all-time leading scorer in the process.

After two decades at the top level, Henry told friend and radio...

 By Ian Holyman

Eric Abidal confirms retirement, mulls offers from Barcelona, Olympiakos

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will announce his retirement from football Friday, according to his current Olympiakos coach, Michel.

Eric Abidal has confirmed he is retiring from football, ending his illustrious career after 14 seasons in the professional game.

After picking up 67 caps but missing out on the 2014 World Cup, Abidal, 35, announced he would no longer play for France in August.

By that time he was an Olympiakos player, having left Monaco for the Greek club in July, penning a contract through to 2016.

However, media speculation in France suggested the defender would not continue playing into the New Year, and at a...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 16, 2014

Henry's rank among Frenchmen

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains that Thierry Henry may be one of the best French players ever, after amassing 20 trophies in a 21-year career.

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Thierry Henry 'equal to the very best such as Pele and Michel Platini'

Footballers took to social media Tuesday to pay tribute to Thierry Henry who has officially hung up his boots to become a media pundit.

Thierry Henry deserves to be regarded on the same level as Pele and Michel Platini after the former Arsenal striker announced his retirement from the game, according to Euro 2000-winning France coach Roger Lemerre.

Henry, 37, called time on his playing career on Tuesday following the expiration of his contract with MLS franchise New York Red Bulls earlier this month.

THIERRY HENRY

Henry retires | Premier League Hero | Top moments

Clubs and goals: Total - 411 goals in 917 games
Monaco (28), Juventus (3), Arsenal (228), Barcelona (49), New York Red Bulls (52)

Internationals: France - 51 goals in 123 games

Trophies: Ligue 1 (1); Trophee des champions (1); Premier League (2); FA Cup (3); FA Community Shield (2); Spanish La Liga (2); Copa del Rey (1); Supercopa de España (1); UEFA Champions League (1); UEFA Super Cup (1); FIFA Club World Cup (1); MLS Supporters' Shield (1); MLS Eastern Conference (2); World Cup 1998; Euro 2000; Confederations Cup 2003.

In addition to becoming Arsenal's all-time leading scorer in his eight-year spell in north London, Henry also surpassed Platini as...

Where does Thierry Henry's legacy fit into the pantheon of French football?

Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football as he prepares for a career in the media.

Now that his career is over, Thierry Henry, 37, will come home. He will move back to where he belongs. No, it is not Paris or its suburbs where he was born and grew up and where his family still lives. It is not Monaco, where he started his incredible career at age 17. No, home for Henry is London.

Of course, he spent eight great years at Arsenal and has a statue at the Emirates. He is the club's greatest-ever player, its top goal-scorer (228), its biggest legend and, in my opinion, the best player...