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Former Arsenal Star Freddie Ljungberg Comes out of Retirement to Play in India

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - APRIL 14:  Ambassador Fredrik Ljungberg attends a press conference during the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour 2013 presented by Heineken at Gandaria City Shopping Mall on April 14, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images for UEFA)
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Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorJuly 25, 2014

Freddie Ljungberg has come out of retirement at the age of 37 to play in the Indian Super League.

The former Arsenal star, who called time on his career in August 2012 after brief spells with West Ham United, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Celtic and Shimizu S-Pulse, has signed a deal with promoters IMG-Reliance to take part in next year's proposed eight-team league.

The Swedish international, who won two league titles and three FA Cup winners' medals with the Gunners, was quoted by IBN Live:

Even though I am retired, when this opportunity came up I was really excited to be involved. Indian football is such a growing market and this is a great opportunity for me to take my knowledge of the English Premier League over to India to help launch the league.

Jeff Slack, Senior Vice President of Global Football for IMG, added:

We are all elated and are confident that Freddie's inclusion will be a landmark achievement for the team he will be eventually picked up by. We are sure that his unmatchable track record and top flight experience will take the League to a completely different level.

Atletico de Kolkata, Kerala Blasters FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, North East United FC, Team Pune, Team Mumbai, Team Goa and Team Bengaluru are the sides slated to be in the inaugural league in 2015. 

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