Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Michael Ballack! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Michael Ballack! Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor. 14K Likes70 Comments Simone Ballack. Gefällt Mal. Person des öffentlichen Lebens. Michael Ballack erklärt das derzeitige Erfolgsgeheimnis des Chelsea Football Club.
Bayer Leverkusen finished second in the Bundesliga and lost both the German Cup and Champions League finals, while the German national team of which Ballack had been a member since advanced to the World Cup final but was defeated by Brazil.
Moreover, Ballack was not even able to play in the final World Cup match, because of an accumulation of yellow cards throughout the tournament.
After the World Cup, Ballack signed with German power Bayern Munich , where he was once again a member of a Bundesliga championship-winning squad in his first year with a new franchise; Ballack powered Bayern Munich to both the league title and the German Cup en route to earning the German Footballer of the Year award.
Bayern captured the league-cup double again in both and , with Ballack earning national Player of the Year honours in He was named captain of the German national team in In the World Cup, which Germany hosted, he led the national team to a third-place showing.
With Chelsea, Ballack had a hand in a Premier League championship in , three FA Cup titles , , and , and a second-place finish in the Champions League in He was in position to captain Germany in the World Cup, but an ankle injury that he suffered during the FA Cup final resulted in his being ruled out for the tournament.
In June he signed a contract to return to Bayer Leverkusen for two seasons. He retired from professional football in October We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.
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You need this kind of player in your team, particularly alongside someone like Pirlo who maybe does not run quite as much. Pogba is a great talent.
On the other hand, there are probably a few bigger names in world football at the moment. The environment is good for him, for his mentality.
But, as a player, you are a little bit restricted in Italian football. Is he as much of a nuisance to play against as he appears from the outside?
I like him dropping back a bit, getting at Sergio Busquets in this game. He is very smart around the box. His Argentinian blood helps him.
As a player, how do you cope with the build-up to a game of this magnitude? Do you realise you are facing a potential career-defining moment?
You have friends, the media, everyone wanting something from you in that fortnight between the semi-final and the final. One more step to achieve a dream.
So, given the rather frenetic buildup, is it a release when you get on the pitch? Actually, it starts with the warm-up in the stadium the day before.
That is a release of tension in itself. The training sessions leading up to the final tend to be really intense but the closer it comes to the game, the more tense you get in terms of your mind.
You lean on the experienced members of any team to get you through it, guide you. In this game there are a lot of players, on both sides, who have already lived moments like this with their clubs or their national sides.
It will help them remain as calm as possible. You lost both those finals, to Real Madrid and Manchester United. How did you cope with the disappointment?
It does take time. You leave the pitch after the final and you want the next season to start immediately. Or at least something to provide a distraction.
In I changed clubs, after three years playing for Bayer Leverkusen. I had had those three disappointments over the last three weeks of the season — losing the title to Dortmund, the domestic cup final to Schalke and then the Champions League final to Real — but I moved to Bayern Munich which helped me a lot in the head.
It was a new challenge, a new environment, and new targets. In football, if you have a big break after a disappointment you can stew on things, and that hurts you.
I played in the Champions League constantly for 12 or 13 years in my career, and I reached only two finals. I know how difficult it is to get to that point.
You came so close with Chelsea in Moscow, when you lost to United on penalties. But the following season you missed out in the semi-finals after the infamous second leg at home to Barcelona when the referee, Tom Henning Ovrebo, appeared to deny your team clear-cut penalties which might have won the tie.
How did you deal with that? Everyone had this conviction, this trust in the team, and we believed in ourselves.
We knew we were really strong and were convinced would win that year, so to go out the way we did was really disappointing. We deserved to get through to the final.
We were much better than Barcelona on the night, and everyone knows the circumstances. It still feels unbelievable.
At least Chelsea went on to win it eventually [in ]. I played in two finals, but that  feels like the opportunity where I missed out.
Pep Guardiola has missed out in this competition since joining Bayern Munich, even if his team remain dominant in the Bundesliga.
How is he considered back home these days? Are people satisfied with the impact he has made? There is criticism, and questions are being asked about Guardiola.
But it would be difficult for any coach to take over after a Champions League victory and simply maintain that.
A new coach comes in with a new mentality. In his case, he imposed a Spanish influence on his new club. But to transport that into Bayern Munich, where the players were used to playing a totally different kind of football?
Is it even possible to transport that kind of football? You could see the class of the team. He brought also Thiago and Xabi Alonso in, players he knew and who could help impose that Spanish influence.
But even someone like Guardiola needs a bit of time and luck to make it work. For his methods to be properly adopted and understood. The problem is he, like any manager at Bayern Munich, is judged on success.
And he is judged at the highest level: