Austrian Vastic to retire at 39

Austria forward Ivica Vastic, who last year became the oldest player to score at a European Championship, will retire at the end of the season.

Vastic converted a penalty at age 38 to give Austria a draw with Poland at Euro 2008, becoming the oldest player to score in the four-yearly tournament by breaking a 24-year-old record held by Portugal's Nene.

"At some point, your body tells you that's it", the 39-year-old Vastic said Monday.

Vastic, who is captain of LASK Linz, was born in Split in former Yugoslavia - now Croatia - and moved to Vienna in 1991.

He joined Sturm Graz in 1994 and spent eight years at the club, which reached the Champions League for three consecutive seasons while he won the player-of-the-year award as many times.

He received Austrian citizenship in 1996 and soon made his first appearance for the national team. He scored 14 goals in 50 matches for Austria.