Serial trophy winner Dietmar Hamman will be back in action this summer and hoping to help his country collect another piece of silverware at Star Sixes.
The German midfielder is the latest addition to Michael Ballack’s team for this summer’s inaugural six-a-side tournament for former internationals, which will be staged at London’s O2 Arena from 13 to 16 July.
Hamann spent the majority of his playing career in England, after initially joining Newcastle United from Bayern Munich in 1998. But it was during a successful seven-year spell with Liverpool that he enjoyed his best football, winning all major domestic and European cup competitions with the Reds.
His half-time introduction in the Champions League Final in 2005 proved to be a major catalyst in Liverpool’s comeback from three goals down to beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul. He also netted from the spot in the shootout as the Anfield giants clinched glory for a fifth time.
Hamann later moved on to Manchester City before a brief period as player-coach at MK Dons.
For his country, Hamann played a total of 59 games and helped his nation reach the 2002 World Cup final. One of his most memorable moments for Germany came against England earlier in their qualification campaign. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win, which would be the last goal to ever be scored at the old Wembley Stadium.
Along with captain Ballack, Hamann will also link up with ex-Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann, former Crystal Palace forward Marco Reich and EURO 2008 finalists David Odonkor and Simon Rolfes for Die Mannschaft.
Germany get their Star Sixes campaign under way with a huge opening night encounter against Robert Pirès’s France team on Thursday 13 July. They will then face games against Portugal and Denmark to see which Group C teams will progress to the knockout stages at The O2.
To be at Star Sixes to see all 12 nations in action and a galaxy of stars such as Steven Gerrard (England), Rivaldo (Brazil), Alessandro Del Piero (Italy), Deco (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain) and Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), you can purchase tickets, starting at just £30 adults and £10 children, at Ticketmaster or AXS.