After a successful career and 20 years in professional football, Raith Rovers FC can confirm that Christophe Berra is to retire from playing football with immediate effect.

Christophe has given careful consideration to this major decision, after discussing this with his family and the manager, Ian Murray, Christophe confirms; “This was far from an easy decision, but after thinking long and hard, together with the high standards that I set myself on a daily basis, I have decided that the time has come to hang up my boots. For the benefit of the team, I felt it was the right time to step aside and allow the club to bring in some new players to drive the team forward. I have ambitions to return to football in the months ahead but for the time being, I will enjoy some quality time with my family. Last but not least, a huge thanks to the players, the manager, the staff and the club, I have enjoyed every minute being in your company, on and off the pitch and I wish you all the very best going forward. Finally, I would like to give a special thanks to all the rovers fans who welcomed me to their club, it has been an honour and privilege. Thank you!”

Ian Murray paid tribute to Christophe; “I’d like to thank Christophe, as during the short time we worked together. He has been a tremendous help to myself, the players and all the staff. We respect and appreciate that Christophe feels it’s time to retire after a great career. I’d personally, like to thank him for his honesty and his professionalism whilst working with him. I wish him well for the future whatever path he chooses to go down and he knows we will welcome him back at Raith Rovers anytime. He has earned a well deserved break”.

Christophe in action v League Champions Kilmarnock

Christophe’s professional career, saw him come through the Youth system at his boyhood team Hearts before making his debut in November 2003 – six years at Tynecastle followed, during which Christophe experienced playing in Champions League qualifiers, UEFA Cup matches and over 120 matches in the Premier League, mostly as captain of Hearts.

With over 40 Scotland Caps and four goals for his country, Christophe was the subject of several bids by English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers who he eventually signed for in January 2009. During his four years at Molineux, Christophe played for three seasons in the English Premiership, making over 150 appearances for Wolves.

Christophe had a further four years at Ipswich Town, then a move saw him return to Hearts, enjoying a four-year stint at Tynecastle. Finally, Christophe signed a pre-contract with Raith Rovers before the start of the 2021-22 season.

In total, Christophe made 42 appearances for the Rovers.


Christophe pulls off an overhead kick against Partick Thistle

The club would like to thank Christophe for his hard work, dedication, and professionalism, as he helped us secure a win on many an occasion. We know his decision to retire was not easy for him, but we wish him and his family all the very best on this exciting new chapter in his journey. Stark’s Park door will always be open to him.

Good Luck Christophe

From everyone at Raith Rovers Football Club.

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