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Juan Arango quits Venezuela's national team

Juan Arango quits Venezuela's national team

Posted by PanamericanWorld on September 09, 2015

Venezuela's Juan Arango quit the national squad on Tuesday following their 1-1 draw with Panama in a friendly, ending a 15-year era in which he played more than 100 times for the country.

"It pains me greatly, but I believe my moment has passed," said the 35-year-old following the draw with Panama.

Arango had faced heavy criticism from the Venezuelan media for his recent performance with the national team and the attacking midfielder did not score at all during the recent Copa America in Chile.

"I made the decision in the months after the Copa America," said a teary Arango, who had played in Spain and Germany before joining Mexican club Xolos last year.

"I did not make the decision before then because I thought I could give a little more. But during the Copa America I felt it was the end."

He played his first game for Venezuela in 2000 against Ecuador and since then has played 129 games.

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