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Victory's Delpierre retires from A-League

  • Victory's Delpierre retires from A-League

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Matthieu Delpierre of the Victory is chased by Bruce Djite of Adelaide United during the round eight A-League match between Melbourne City FC and Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Melbourne Victory have a giant hole to fill in the heart of their A-League defence after Matthieu Delpierre announced his retirement.

The 35-year-old had previously decided to hang up the boots, before announcing he was reconsidering his decision.

On Tuesday, the club confirmed the end of a 17-season career that spanned French, German, Dutch and Australian football, including titles with Victory and Stuttgart.

The towering Frenchman is a favourite to claim a Victory Medal for his fine performances this season.

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