World champion Erik Durm ends his football career

He became world champion with Germany in 2014. Now Erik Durm is hanging up his football boots at the age of 31.

World champion Erik Durm announced his retirement as a professional footballer on Wednesday. The 31-year-old, who last played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern, has agreed with the “Red Devils” to terminate his contract. The second division team announced this. The reason for the end of Durm’s career was ongoing injury problems.

“Unfortunately, since the summer of last year, I have repeatedly had to struggle with minor injuries and health problems, which have meant that I have not been able to help the FCK as much as I personally and the club would have liked,” Durm was told by X ( formerly Twitter) quoted in a post by the Palatinate. “I will therefore end my career, which I can look back on with pride, today.”

Successes with Dortmund and Frankfurt

As an active professional, Durm also played for Borussia Dortmund, Huddersfield Town and Eintracht Frankfurt. With BVB he won the Supercup in 20123 and 2014 and the DFB Cup in 2017. With the Hessians he became Europa League winners in 2022. The move to Kaiserslautern followed in the same year.

Durm played a total of seven times for the German national team. He played all of the games in 2014. He made his debut shortly before the World Cup in Brazil in the international match against Cameroon. Shortly afterwards, the then national coach Joachim Löw nominated him for the squad for the tournament. Although he didn’t play there, the DFB team was ultimately able to be crowned world champions.