Player Profile: Michael Ballack

German Football
By German Football June 2, 2006 05:01

Player Profile: Michael Ballack

Michael Ballack (born 26 September 1976 in Görlitz) is the captain of the German national football team. He is one of the best midfielders in Europe and currently plays in the English Premier League for Chelsea. His scoring prowess is well-known and he is among the top goal scorers in the history of the German national team.

Ballack has worn the number 13 shirt for every team he has played for except when he was at FC Kaiserslautern. His numerous accolades include being selected as one of FIFA’s 100 Greatest Living Players, the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in 2002 and the German Footballer of the Year award in 2002, 2003 and 2005, behind only Franz Beckenbauer who has won 4.

Ballack began his career as a youth at Chemnitzer FC and made his professional debut in 1995. Although the team was relegated in his first season, his performances in the following season led to a transfer to Kaiserslautern in 1997. He won the Bundesliga in his first season at the club, his first major honour. He became a first team regular in 1998–99 season and also earned his first national cap for Germany. He moved to Bayer Leverkusen for €4.1 million in 1999.

The 2002 season saw him win a series of runners-up medals: Bayer Leverkusen finished second in the Bundesliga, German Cup, UEFA Champions League and Germany lost to Brazil in the 2002 World Cup Final. It earned him the reputation of being the perpetual “almost man”, despite the numerous titles he has won since then.

A €12.9 million move to Bayern Munich led to further honours: the team won the Bundesliga and German Cup double in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Ballack had become a prolific goalscorer from midfield, scoring 58 goals for Bayern Munich between 2002 and 2006.

He joined Premier League side Chelsea in mid-2006 and won his first English honours, the FA Cup and Football League Cup, in his first season at the club. Injury ruled him out for much of 2007 but he returned the following season, helping Chelsea reach their first ever Champions League Final.

Internationally, Ballack has played in the European Championships in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006. Jürgen Klinsmann appointed him captain of the national team in 2004. He captained his country in the Euro 2008 Final but the team finished runners-up.

He was cruelly ruled out of the 2010 World Cup just a month before the tournament when he was injured by an ill-timed tackle in Chelsea’s FA Cup Final.

German Football
By German Football June 2, 2006 05:01
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21 Comments

  1. Mayank Kishore May 1, 22:14

    My fav Midfielder.Huge fan of urs from India.Godspeed success and luck for EPL-2010,WorldCup-2010 and many more cups in future.

  2. Purushotam Bhattarai May 18, 06:41

    Hey Ballack!

    So, sad to know about your injury. Pray with my lord for your speedy recovery and hopefully will join German National Squad with Full Action.

  3. Nishom May 22, 10:47

    Itz just valueless to watch WC2010 without a BALLACKless germany …. recover soon !!

  4. Fahad May 28, 20:53

    The Best….will miss u in the world cup…

  5. lello sfeir June 23, 00:33

    we miss u balack its your last world cup the german wil mis u very much your my favorite player ever i always watch your news hope too see u playing soon

  6. Jane Chariot June 24, 00:52

    Please come back….
    Miss you dearly…

    The midfield is not so good. They don’t have the playmaker to set things out for them. Most of them were young and lack of experience.
    Hope you can make it…

  7. gtsein June 24, 12:30

    I am glad Ballack is NOT playing. He is the most overrated footballer of all time. Germany without Ballack would be a better team.

  8. Roxy June 28, 22:40

    Oh my god this man is soooo gorgeous!

    I was worried without him Germany would lose but then Germany surprised us what a way to shaft the english up their **** and about time too!

  9. nishant July 4, 11:38

    ballacks the best. nobody can pass as well as he does and one will ever be able to do it. yiu have inspired me and i love playing your style of football. i love you. please come back to the english premier league.

  10. TEyeshi July 11, 11:41

    the most valuable player around the world.

  11. robert July 17, 12:30

    A very good player, but with him taking his stand as captain, one has to question how much longer he will hold the position. Surely, he’s too old to attend the 2014 campaign.

  12. vidhun July 24, 08:09

    hi ballack…..am your gr88888 fannnnnnn

  13. Deutschland Gurl July 30, 09:36

    AWWW…..Ballack, I hope 2 see u in europe cup once again!

    – Wish u luck from deutschland!

  14. vijaidev September 14, 14:36

    sure, ballack will lift the euro cup 2012. by indian octopus

  15. wadada October 4, 22:52

    Keep the fire burning Michael we love you.

  16. MissWrong October 5, 16:15

    Well, Ballack could be a good player which I have no idea about. There has been times that I said since 2002 when someone asked about my favourite football team, that I like Germany except this man. I don’t know if he lived in Singapore, would they give him a ‘spanking’ according to their law there. Since he is not always so polite in my point of view. I wonder if he is ‘tough’ enough for the whip they use there. But they choose just another part of his body instead of his face I think.

  17. MissWrong October 5, 17:26

    Well, I really feel sorry that you just got slapped if you might have wished that someone should pull your pants off instead of it. Actually, I was thinking that Germany need a kind of feeling like’ beaten’ just the same situation as it is for you. If they just delete messages as what they did to mine, and it did irated me, I can’t say good luck will be with Germany all the time. Further more it is weird sometimes for most of us…

  18. sim December 14, 05:58

    Ballack u roxxx

  19. abass February 9, 21:38

    hi ballack we need to tigthen our midfild we really missedyou i want your email i want to chart with you personal ghanaians love you.

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