Schwarz hangs up his boots
By Neil Foster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swedish newspaper Expressen report that the 34-year-old has retired from football after listening to advice from Sunderland's club physician.
The Swedish international moved to the Stadium of Light in 1999 after spells at Fiorentina and Valencia but has not featured for The Black Cats in The Premiership this season and has now decided to call time on his playing career, after a season plagued with injuries.
He said: "I've decided. My body is worn out and I have a left knee that can't take any more games.
"I want to work with something within soccer. I will take coaching courses but I'm also open for other things."
Schwarz made 70 appearances for Sunderland and another six from the bench during his four-year stint on Wearside but has now apparently moved to Portugal.
The former Arsenal star played 65 times for Sweden and was part of the squad that finished third in the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
Despite his lack of playing time in the past season Schwarz seemed happy with the effort he put into his career.
He added: "All the injuries are the price I've had to pay. I never spared myself in my career.
"I always gave 100 percent in games and training."
Meanwhile, defender Clifford Byrne has been told that he will not receive a new deal at the Stadium of Light, which could lead the way for a permanent switch to Division Three side Scunthorpe United.
Byrne spent three months on loan with The Iron this season and despite initially rejecting an offer to make his stay at Glanford Park permanent, the defender is considering a return following his release by The Black Cats.