Michael Ballack has been an active figure in providing insights about the different team performances as well as predicting probable wins and losses in the recently concluded World Cup. As he had been a former captain of Germany, he questioned the decision of the current team when they handed a new contract to the head coach Joachim Low before the World Cup began.
South Korea defeated the reigning champions, which came as a shock; it also led to Germany exiting early from the finals. They finished bottom in the Group F games and their performances in three matches were below par. This is the second time that Germany had lost in the first round, the previous instance being in 1938. Ballack had been a glittering performer of the team and had collected 98 caps during his stint with the team. He admitted that he was surprised with the way Germany played against Russia. Ballack had given a total of 42 goals during the time that he played for Germany. He stated that the critical voices were being noticed more now since Germany football is in ruins. If a team that has been a legend in football can fall so below the ranks, he was surprised that the head coach had his contract extended at the same time.
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