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Germany doing just fine without Ballack

March 30, 2011

SOCCER-GERMANY/Germany captain Michael Ballack was in the stands to watch his team lose 2-1 to Australia in a friendly on Tuesday, the first time he was present since their World Cup quarter-final win over Argentina last year.

Ballack clings on to captaincy but will he make the team?

September 2, 2010

SOCCER-GERMANY/When Germany coach Joachim Loew confirmed Michael Ballack as team captain this week he put an end to a tug-of-war with defender Philipp Lahm. Lahm had been the captain at the World Cup in South Africa and wanted to remain after Ballack’s return from injury.

Germany’s continuing midfield mayhem

May 26, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/GERMANY-BALLACKWhen Germany captain Michael Ballack was ruled out of the World Cup following a scan on his ankle last week there was no doubt this was a major setback for the three-times champions. By far the most experienced player, Ballack was the team’s leader having taken Germany to World Cup and Euro finals. The loss of midfielder Christian Traesch, only days after Ballack’s injury, could prove an even heavier blow.

There’s only one Michael Ballack..

November 20, 2008

Like political pundits on local election night, football reporters can’tĀ help reading too much into the results of international friendlies.

Media outbursts seldom have desired effect

October 28, 2008

It seems even the most experienced players can forget that criticising your coach in the media pretty much always backfires.