Seiloni Iaruel is not playing football anymore. The 26-year-old goalkeeper from Vanuatu decided to stop playing last year and he now holds a managerial position at Galaxy FC, the team he had been playing for since 2018.
According to Iaruel, ankle and knee injuries were the triggers for decision: “I thank football and fans for the good times. I stopped playing football but I am still helping the sport,” he stated. With his retirement, youngster Joshua Willie became Galaxy’s main goalkeeper.
Iaruel made history on football by being the first player from his country to train with a European team. He spent two months on trial with the U18 squad of English side Stoke City back in 2012.
He represented Vanuatu National Team for six times from 2012 to 2016.