Former Philippines captain Rob Gier retires at 35

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Former Philippine Azkals captain has decided to finally hang up his boots.

The 35-year-old Filipino defender took to social media on Wednesday (February 17) to announce his retirement and to voice his appreciation for those who contributed to his career.

Gier made his debut for the in an AFC Challenge Cup qualification fixture against Bhutan on April 14, 2009. The Azkals won 1-0 through Chad Gould.

In 2010, Gier was part of the Philippine side that scored a shock 2-0 victory over Vietnam in the Suzuki Cup to help propel the popularity of the sport in the country.

The robust defender was named captain of the national side after his predecessor Chieffy Caligdong retired in November 2014.

But as Gier’s role in the team diminished with the emergence of younger defenders, the captain’s armband was eventually passed on to Phil Younghusband.

After seven years with the Azkals, Gier retired boasting over 60 appearances and two goals for the national team.

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