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Name Michael Ballack
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
  Germany Captain


Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich

2014 07 12 Retrieve

[Lahm was eventually made captain of Germany and Bayern. He took over from Ballack when the latter was injured in the runup to the 2010 World Cup. Ballack, however, would not go quietly. Only a few days after Germany’s campaign in South Africa ended in the semi-finals against Spain, Ballack criticised Lahm] I am the captain of the national team. Philipp Lahm made his claim at a moment that I felt was inopportune. I was injured and couldn’t defend myself. A player can’t request what position he wants to play – and it is the same with the captaincy. One should respect that there are hierarchies. I’m going to talk to Philipp about this. This is not an issue for me, though. I am still the captain

2016 08 27 Retrieve

[Michael Ballack on Mario Gotze’s return to Borussia Dortmund] I can’t judge that move, just like most of us can’t. He grew up in Dortmund and he is for sure one of the most gifted players we have at the moment. There a few players like him who know what to do in every situation, just like he does. If he is able to perform on his highest level, there are few others who are able to always make the right move like he does. But he has to feel good and he has to bring it. That he was not able to do so in the recent past, neither at Bayern nor the national team, is probably for many different reasons. Maybe it was trust, there were a lot of speculations, but I think Dortmund knows best how to treat him

2017 09 16 Retrieve

[Michael Ballack claims mentally weak Arsenal were never a match during his time at Chelsea] They were always special games for me because Arsenal are a good club to be playing against but I always felt at that time we were mentally stronger and we were the better team. The statistics from that time show some good wins for us, but we also lost to them. Now with Chelsea playing Arsenal this season, it is a situation where you can put a rival in trouble with a big victory. And I think the team and especially the fans are always excited when it comes to Chelsea v Arsenal