Perception A retrospective analysis of career termination of football players in Portugal

António Carapinheira, Miquel Torregrossa, Pedro Mendes, Pedro Guedes Carvalho, Bruno Filipe Rama Travassos

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© Edições Desafio Singular The purpose of this study was to analyse the retirement of elite football players in Portugal. Specifically, the quality of retirement and the resources available were evaluated. To develop an understanding of the process of the sporting retirement of elite football players we used data from in-depth, semi-structured interviews with ninety professional players that played in football national team. Fifty per cent of the elite Portuguese footballers retired from sport between 36 and 40 years of age (M = 35.53 ± 3.63 years), their retirement had been involuntary and it had taken them less than a year to accept retirement. Most had only been educated to secondary level and had a strong athletic identity; no plans for their post-football career exist and relied on family as their main psychological support. None of the players had received support from a formal programme. Despite of the findings being consistent with previous research from other Southern European cultures, it seems that the athletic retirement of Portuguese footballers has some particularities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-85
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Career transition
  • Coping strategies
  • Post-retirement career
  • Psychological support
  • Quality of termination


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