BALLACK BACKS YOUTH

Former captain of Germany, Michael Ballack, has said that there are some great, young talents in the German national team at the moment and that’s why, the fans have huge expectations of the team.

Ballack has recently announced his retirement from professional football. His contract with Bayer Leverkusen ended at the end of the last season and Leverkusen released him. There were speculations that Ballack might be signing for an MLS team, but, that didn’t happen and Ballack decided to hang his boots.

When asked how hard the decision of retirement was, Ballack said, “It was the toughest decision of my life, but, a player has to make this decision at some point of time and I felt that it was the right time for me. I played football for 18 years and was very lucky to have got the opportunity to play alongside some great players.”

When asked if he is missing his playing days, Ballack said, “Yes, I am missing those wonderful days. It’s not easy to suddenly turn into a spectator from an active player.”

When asked about the current German national team, Ballack said, “Our current national squad is pretty young and inexperienced, but, pretty talented as well. There are some raw talents in the team at the moment. All I can say is that the future of German football is in good hands.”

When asked about the poor performance of Germany in the Euro Cup, Ballack said, “That was a poor tournament for us, but, there are a few new faces in the squad now and I think Germany would do well in the future tournaments.”
When asked about his future plans, Ballack said, “I am yet to decide anything about my future. I want to give some time to my family and after that, I will take any decision about my future.”

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KLOPP NOT WORRIED ABOUT BAYERN

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he is certainly not worried about the form shown by the former champions Bayern Munich in the league this season.

Bayern Munich have not managed to win the league for the last two seasons, which is a phenomenon that does not happen always in the German Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund have been able to claim the title for the last two seasons under the guidance of young manager Jurgen Klopp. However, he faces one of the toughest tests of his managerial career due to the fact that Borussia Dortmund will also have to meet the Champions League commitments as well.

As a result of playing in both the competitions, Borussia Dortmund have not been at their best in the domestic season in the first few matches of the campaign. Bayern Munich already have a nine-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund in the league, while they have won all the seven matches of the campaign so far. Even more impressive is the fact that they have conceded just two goals in these seven matches, while scoring 21 goals at an average of 3 per game at the other end. Despite this, Jurgen Klopp has said that he is not worried.

Jurgen Klopp was speaking on the occasion of the 1-1 draw with Hanover during the weekend. “We play our own season and only twice against Bayern Munich. These games are very interesting, but they are not the final result [of the Bundesliga] after seven games,” said the Borussia Dortmund manager after the match. It is highly unlikely that the club will be able to retain the title for the third season by the start that they have made to the new campaign. Borussia Dortmund have won only three league matches out of the seven they have played so far.

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OFF TO SALZBURG?

After failing to agree terms with the MLS club Montreal Impact, the former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been linked with a move to Red Bull Salzburg. It has become the biggest story in recent weeks after it has emerged that Red Bull Salzburg are very keen on completing the transfer of Michael Ballack.

The 35-year-old midfielder is available on a free transfer after having seen his contract rundown at German club Bayern Leverkusen last season. He has been discussing terms with a number of potential clubs in the last few months, but Michael Ballack is yet to announce his next destination.

He has made his admiration to play in the United States public, but it is thought that the huge wage demands of the former Bayern Munich midfielder has been the chief reason for his move to the MLS club not being completed as of now. As a result, Red Bull Salzburg are willing to take advantage of this situation. The manager of the club Roger Smith has said that he would like to bring Michael Ballack to the club. Rangnick Houllier, who is at the club, has also said that Michael Ballack is a player of immense quality and someone who will improve the squad.

“Michael is interesting. A very great player. One has to examine whether fit the financial environment. If the price is right, he may come to us. We want players who significantly enhance our quality. This he must do, however, only a picture of the squad. After that, however he was willing to improve the quality of the squad. I’m going to make me a picture. Only when this stage is completed, I can truly say where action is needed,” said Rangnick Houllier in response to the transfer speculation linking his club with Michael Ballack.

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REUS CAN DO A JOB

Former Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has said that he is extremely confident that Marco Reus will do a great job if picked for the semi-final against Italy.

The Bayern Leverkusen striker scored in the 4-2 win over Greece, which helped Germany into the semifinals of the Euro 2012 where they will be facing Italy. German national team manager Joachim Loew stunned everyone by introducing Marco Reus along with Miroslav Klose in place of the regular players like Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez. He said that it was the right time to make the changes in order to freshen the team.

The gamble paid off after Germany comfortably beat Greece 4-2 in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012. The 23-year-old Marco Reus was making his tournament debut in a match. He has recently announced that he will be signing for Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund for a transfer fee of £ 15 million. Michael Ballack is one of the players who has seen Marco Reus up close and upfront.

Ballack told Chelsea News that he is confident that the 23-year-old will be a great pick for the German national team for the match against Italy. However, manager Joachim Loew is not expected to make significant changes to the first team.

“He was really good and is a great option for the next game. It’s nice to see that the young players come onto the pitch and take their chance. And above all, Reus was really good,” said Michael Ballack, who used to play alongside Fernando Torres at Chelsea. The 35-year-old midfielder recently left Bayern Leverkusen after his contract came to an end.

It is expected that he would be signing for the MLS club Montréal Impact, but recent rumours appear to suggest that the move could form of due to the excessive wage demands of the former Chelsea midfielder, who made 98 appearances for the national team.

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BALLACK – BAYERN ARE FAVOURITES

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has said that Bayern Munich are the favourites to win the Champions League mainly because of the home advantage.

Ballack believes that the home advantage will provide Bayern Munich with an emotional advantage ahead of the Chelsea match. The Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea will be taking place on May 19.

Bayern Munich were one of the favourites to win the competition, but Chelsea’s presence in the final is certainly surprising given the way they have struggled in the league this season. Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier league table, but they have managed to reach the final of the Champions League.

Chelsea produced a remarkable defensive display over two legs to beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate. This combined with many close shaves has meant that Chelsea’s presence in the final alone is certainly remarkable. A number of teams came close to eliminating Chelsea from the Champions League this season.

Valencia were the first to go close to eliminating them at the group stages itself, but Chelsea recovered to beat them 3-0. Napoli came extremely close to sending them out of the competition at the last 16 stage, but Chelsea produced a remarkable 4-1 victory at Stamford Bridge to get to the quarter-finals. However, Michael Ballack believes that Chelsea’s chances of winning the competition are extremely low.

“I think Barcelona would have been the only team capable of contesting a final abroad and winning it. It is a huge advantage when you are at home in a final, where a lot of emotions play a role. This is an emotional advantage that Chelsea cannot compensate for. I have my fingers crossed for both sides,” Ballack said ahead of the Champions League match. Ballack played in the 2008 Champions League final, in which Chelsea lost to Manchester United.

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BALLACK WANTS MOVE

Michael Ballack presently plays for Bayer Leverkusen club. In his recent interview, he has said that he is planning to leave his club after the end of the season of 2012. Ballack was bought by this particular club from Chelsea during the transfer season of 2010.

Ballack signed the contract which was valid for two years. So, the contract will be ending at the end of this year’s season. The fans and followers of this club want this German mid fielder to extend his contract and stay back in this club. But, Ballack does not want to stay in this club any more. He explains that he always had a plan to move out of this club after the end of two year’s contract.

The club officials said that after Michael Ballack was brought to this club, they have witnessed a drastic change in the popularity of the club. Even the club has been performing very well since the last eighteen months. The officials do not want this player to move away from this club.

At present the Club is challenging the big teams of Germany. They are only three points behind the famous club of Germany, which is none other than Bayern Munich. So, it is quite clear that the club is not far away from winning the title. The fans also believe that the presence of star players like Ballack is very helpful for the less popular teams. He acts like a motivation to the team and even the young players get to learn from an experienced player.

Michael Ballack said that he is happy to see his club performing well in the matches. Even he dreams of lifting the title. This year, the club has done well in Champions League. At present his age is thirty five and he said that he is not going to retire from the game.

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