|Forward Nguyễn Quang Hải decides to retire from football. — Photo webthethao.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Former national striker Hải bid goodbye to football, playing his last season under Quảng Ninh Coal’s jersey in 2016.
Hải, 31, who is from Khánh Hòa Province, played just five matches and scored one goal in the V.League tournament, which ended last month.
The main reason for the poor show was attributed to a herniated disc, which prevented him from playing more aggressively
Hải, who played 40 matches with the U23 and national teams, with a total of eight goals in 2007-08, made a transferring fee record of VNĐ9 billion when he moved from Khatoco Khánh Hòa to Navibank Sài Gòn in 2010.
However, he was not happy with the new team and subsequently joined Hải Phòng in 2013-14. Later, he played for Quảng Ninh Coal in 2014-16.
In 2016, Quảng Ninh Coal missed their first title, losing in the last round. However, the team triumphed at the National Cup, beating national champions Hà Nội T&T 6-5 in aggregate.
Hải will now focus on his restaurant and shop selling bird nets in Nha Trang.
He also has plans to open a football school for students. — VNS