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Viktor Fischer announces retirement aged 29

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 20:00, 29 June 2023

Viktor Fischer has decided to end his playing career after recent injury troubles.

The 29-year-old Danish forward recently spent time on loan at Swedish giants AIK from Belgian side Royal Antwerp where he made 35 appearances subsequently registering three goals and eight assists.

Fischer, a graduate of Ajax’s esteemed academy, was tipped for big things but since leaving Amsterdam — where he often struggled to stay fit — he couldn’t maintain or meet those lofty expectations. He enjoyed a brief spell at Middlesbrough (16 appearances, 3 assists) before representing Mainz 05 (12 appearances, 2 goals) and FC Copenhagen (120 appearances, 29 goals and 44 assists).

Though he recovered some form at Copenhagen it was at the Dutch powerhouse Ajax where he truly shone (33 goals and 18 assists in 111 appearances) while playing his best football. Fischer broke into Frank de Boer’s first team soon after compatriot Christian Eriksen had established himself as Europe’s most promising talent. Fischer, predominantly a winger and not a playmaker like Eriksen, was tipped to be his successor but a thigh muscle strain would rob him of 389 days (totalling 53 matches) and winning those responsibilities.

At international level Fischer made 21 appearances for Denmark registering three goals in the process. He was part of the 2018 World Cup squad and featured just once in Russia: a 30-minute cameo against France.