Michael Ballack

Germany 2017 Captain

Germany's Michael Ballack celebrates after scoring during the soccer World Cup qualifying group 4 match between Wales and Germany at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales Wednesday April 1,2009. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Tall, strong and aggressive with great technical ability and a shot to frighten the best of keepers, Ballack was a complete midfielder. He was a leader and a captain and played for some of the biggest teams in Europe, winning 13 major honours in total. His goal scoring ratio for Germany of nearly one in every two games was phenomenal, and despite his misfortunates in many finals, he lifted league titles and national cups in both his homeland and England.

Full name: Michael Ballack
Born:
26/09/1976, Görlitz, East Germany
Clubs:
 Chemnitzer FC (1995-1997), 1. FC Kaiserslautern (1997-1998), Bayer Leverkusen (1999-2002), Bayern Munich (2002-2006), Chelsea (2006-2010), Bayer Leverkusen (2010-2012)
International:
98 apps, 42 goals (1999-2010)
Position: Midfielder

Honours:

  • Bundesliga (4): 1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06
  • DFB-Pokal (3): 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06
  • DFB-Ligapokal (1): 2004
  • League Cup (1): 2006–07
  • FA Cup (3): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • FA Community Shield (1): 2009
  • Premier League (1): 2009–10