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Happy trails to Jan Jagla

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Long time German international and FCBB player Jan Jagla has ended his career. The 34-year-old Power Forward shared his decision with the club just this week. Jagla played for 16 years and made 116 Bundesliga appearances averaging 5.6 PPG. Only two players have made more appearances, Robin Benzing (159) and Steffen Hamann (118).

“It was a good time to stop playing. I am in my mid thirties and I am looking for a new challenge in life,” said Jan Jagla. “I had my longest stint in Munich. The tremendous atmosphere and the fact that I have family connections will mean that I am connected to Bayern. I would have liked to have ended my career as German Champion but I can happily look back upon my career.”

Jagla will remain in Munich as he is close to receiving his degree in Marketing.

The family man played his final match in the fifth playoff game in an 88-84 loss against Bamberg. He also played in the 83-73 game four victory over Bamberg despite his father being very ill. Two days before game five, Jagla’s father tragically passed away. “What Jan has done not only for the club has been incredible,” said FCBB Chief Executive Marco Pesic. “Jan helped in laying down the blueprint for German Basketball for that we want to thank him and he is always welcome in Munich.

From 2003-2012 Jan Jagla played 141 games for the Germany national team while averaging 6.3 Points per Game. He was selected for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups as well as the 2007, 2009 and 2011 European Championship. He was also selected for the Olympic Games in Beijing back in 2008. In the BEKO BBL Jagla made 188 appearances for three different teams. Meanwhile in the Euroleague Jagla played 48 games while averaging 6.3 Points per Game and 4.0 Rebounds per Game. In the Eurocup Jagla played an additional 50 games averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Jagla’s professional career started back in Berlin in 1999 after winning the German Youth Championship with then second league team TuS Lichterfelde. In 2001 Jagla tried his luck in America and switched to Penn State where he averaged 13.4 points per game during the 2003-2004 season. In 2004, Jagla returned back to Germany and signed with Quakenbrück. Jagla enjoyed success at Spanish team Badalona from 2007-2009. In 2008, the team won the Copa del Rey and the ULEB-Cup (now known as the Eurocup). Jagla won the title with Gdynia in 2010.

After a stopover in Ankara, Jagla joined BEKO BBL new boys FC Bayern Basketball. After playing a season for Alba Berlin and winning the 2014 Cup, the 7 foot giant returned back to FCBB. In his final season Jagla played in 39 games and averaged 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the runners-up.