|Date of birth||5 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Rødovre, Denmark|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Brøndby IF (assistant)|
|2008–2010||F.C. Hansa Rostock||55||(4)|
|2015–2016||AGF U17 (assistant)|
|2016–2017||Brøndby IF U17 (assistant)|
|2017–||Brøndby IF (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He started his career in the youth teams of Danish clubs Rishøj IF and Køge Boldklub, before he made his debut for Køge in the second-tier Danish 1st Division league in 1999. He was called up for the Danish under-21 national team in 2001, which he represented in three matches, coming on as a substitute in all three games. In 2002, Køge earned promotion to the top-flight 2002–03 Superliga season, but following only one Superliga match for the club he was injured in late July. While still recovering, he was bought by the defending Danish champions Brøndby IF.
He was one of the first signings of new Brøndby IF coach Michael Laudrup, who played Retov in a centre midfield duo with Morten Wieghorst. Retov quickly became a mainstay in the Brøndby team, and following a successful 2003–04 season, he debuted for the Danish national team, when he came on as a late substitute, replacing Morten Wieghorst against Scotland in a friendly match 1–0 win on 28 April 2004. Subsequently, he was voted Brøndby's 2004 Player of the Year. In the 2004–05 season, Retov only missed a single Superliga match, as Brøndby won its 10th championship, and he took part in the 2005 Danish Cup victory, to complete Brøndby's the Double triumph.
On 8 July 2008, he joined 2. Bundesliga side F.C. Hansa Rostock. Here he established himself in the starting 11 and was appointed captain.
Retov terminated his contract with AC Horsens in 2015, not knowing if he would continue his active football career. A few weeks later he announced that he would retire, because he wanted to coach. He was announced as AGF's U17 team assistant coach in August 2015.
In April 2016 it was confirmed, that Retov returned to Brøndby IF in a coach role. He was appointed as the assistant manager of the U17 team. After Tamás Bódog left the role as assistant manager for the first team of Brøndby IF, Retov was promoted to interim assistant manager for the first team in March 2017. He signed a contract until the summer 2017.
He has played six games for the Denmark national football team.
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