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Stephan Lichtsteiner Is Doing A Watchmaking Internship After Retiring From Football

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Stephan Lichtsteiner Is Doing A Watchmaking Internship After Retiring From Football

Former Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has turned to a new profession after retiring from football, taking up an internship as a watchmaker.

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Lichtsteiner, who played for Arsenal in the 2018/19 season, retired from football in August last year, after spending the final season of his career with Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

After a 19 year career you could have forgiven him for putting his feet up after his retirement, or taking up coaching or punditry like most of his fellow former professionals.

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Instead the Swiss full back has decided to take up watchmaking as his new profession, starting with an internship and he'll carry on if it works out for him.


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"I want to do something productive," the 37-year-old told Reuters.

"If you are a banker you can do that all your life, but if you are a footballer once you hit your mid 30s, you have to find something else to do."

Lichtsteiner during his spell in the Premier League. Image: PA Images
Lichtsteiner during his spell in the Premier League. Image: PA Images

"I see some similarities to football," he added.

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"In football if not all the team is perfect you will not win.

"It's the same with a watch, if everything is not perfectly in place the watch is not going to work."

Before moving to the Premier League, the full back played for Juventus. Image: PA Images
Before moving to the Premier League, the full back played for Juventus. Image: PA Images

The former Switzerland star is going to sell the watch he makes during his training with Zurich based company Maurice de Mauriac, with the proceeds going to charity.

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Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might want to put his hand in his pocket and pay for the watch himself.

The Gabon striker missed out on the north London derby at the weekend due to a breach of discipline, with it later being confirmed that his failure to turn up to the game on time that cost him.

Erik Lamela's Rabona goal put pressure on Mikel Arteta's decision but the Gunners came back to win 2-1 and vindicate the punishment.

Suppose even a broken watch made by Stephan Lichtsteiner would be right twice in a day...

Topics: Football, Premier League, Juventus, Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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