Ballack calls on Schweinsteiger to lead team

German Football
By German Football May 20, 2010 00:25

Ballack calls on Schweinsteiger to lead team

Ballack and Schweinsteiger in happier times.

Michael Ballack, injured captain of the German national football team, signalled on Wednesday that Bastian Schweinsteiger needed to step up and lead his side to success in the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.

Two days after being ruled out of the World Cup, Michael Ballack sat in the sun with his wife Simone and their three boys Louis, Emilio and Jordi at the German training camp in Sicily.

Germany’s inspirational captain was still taking in the shock news that he would miss out on South Africa 2010.

“I gave everything for the goal of South Africa,” Ballack told daily Bild. “It is bitter to be kicked down like that in the last game of the season. It really hurts.”

But now other team members must fill the leadership vacuum before the games begin in South Africa, he acknowledged.

“Schweini must do it now and take on more responsibility,” Ballack said. “He is so confident and has class. I don’t see any others who can set the tone and bring such presence.”

But Ballack said he refused to speculate on who would be chosen to replace him as captain, citing Phillip Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Torsten Frings as potential candidates.

“In the end Jogi Löw must decide alone,” he said of the national team’s coach.

And though his lawyer indicated this week that he would lodge a complaint against Boateng for the “intentional” tackle that effectively ended his World Cup dreams, Ballack said this would not happen.

“That brings nothing,” he said. “I must come to terms my own fate.”

Ballack also said he would not let the foul end his national team career, adding that if the healing process allowed, he would try to attend Germany’s games in South Africa in a show of support.

Click on the source link below for more from the interview with Bild.

German Football
By German Football May 20, 2010 00:25
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  1. Emmet May 23, 01:29

    Ballack No.1

  2. mohammed May 23, 22:31

    i think Philip lahm should lead the team to south africa 2010

  3. KARIM May 27, 08:26

    KLOSE will lead the team he’s the best after BALLACK

  4. suhaas pal singh May 27, 17:34

    Phillip Lahm should lead the team.Seeing the present form of Miroslav Klose its not certain that he might even be in the starting eleven.Schweinsteiger should be deputy to Lahm.

  5. Bassel , Syria June 7, 21:06

    He can do it,,,,, so lets do it 🙂

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