Curtains on Ballack in Die Mannschaft?

Bowing out?

When Kevin Prince Boateng’s rash tackle brought the former Germany captain down on the turf of Wembley stadium last May in the 2010 FA Cup final, Michael Ballack never thought the implication would be massive.

Ten months on and Ballack has lost a lot in the German national team. His place on the team and his prized captain band. The latter caused a little friction between him and current captain Phillip Lahm during the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At that time, he did not envisage that his place on the team was threatened but an excellent world cup outing by Joachim Low’s men saw a new midfield formed in the absence of Ballack. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira’s partnership reminds one of Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings in their prime.

Ballack is slowly returning to fitness after two serious injuries in the past year but he is struggling to become an integral part of Juup Heynckes Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s team having just played 9 league games this season.

With Low favoring youth, the patriotic and fiercely proud Michael Ballack with 98 caps and 42 goals may have to call it a day in the Mannschaft. I’m of the opinion that Joachim Low hands him two friendly appearances so he could make the centurion.

 

 

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  1. Thank you for this great piece of content. Best Regards

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