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Löw tips Ballack comeback after boring draw with Sweden

AFP · 18 Nov 2010, 09:09

Published: 18 Nov 2010 09:09 GMT+01:00

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In their final game of 2010, Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger led an inexperienced Germany to a dull draw in Gothenburg on Wednesday with four players making their debut.

Having missed the World Cup with an ankle injury, Ballack, 34, fractured his leg just below the knee on only his third game back for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this season and will not play again until 2011.

In his absence, Real Madrid's Sami Khedira has filled Ballack's position in the heart of Germany's midfield and after the side finished third at the World Cup in South Africa, Ballack will have to fight to win his place back.

But with 42 goals for Germany and with 98 caps behind him, Löw is backing his former captain to return with the Germans set to host Italy in Dortmund in February 2011 in their next friendly.

"It always happens that when a player gets injured, others come through and start playing and that is what we have seen with Sami Khedira and (Bayern Munich's) Toni Kroos," said Löw.

"We haven't written off Michael and I am convinced he will make it back it into the team."

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Germany are top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group and are undefeated after four matches with a five-point lead over their rivals.


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21:41 November 18, 2010 by secondlanguage
Nobody could have made a success out of this immature and confused


Wasn´t Schweinsteiger´s fault. He´s a natural-born-captain, the only thing that

can be said against him is that he´s insecure sometimes.

The occurences of the past weeks won´t make that better, and it´s not his fault

that he isn´t recognized and appreciated as he should be.
15:29 November 24, 2010 by InselaffeSGE
Number 13 or ballack or b*ll*ck?

In order that we can form a well considered view of Herr Low's weird and somewhat optimistic expectation let us first consider Number 13's recent legacy left with KGB Chelski FC:-

ballack Verb. To reprimand. E.g."My dad ballacked me for stealing money from his wallet! I was only borrowing it."

Noun. A testicle.

ballackbag Noun. The scrotum and testicles.

ballack-brain Noun. Idiot, imbecile. Derog.

ballacking Noun. A severe reprimand.

(the) ballacks Noun. The best, a thing or situation of excellence. Abb of 'dog's ballacks'.

ballacks (!) * Noun. 1. Testicles. S.e. until mid 1800s.

Noun. 2. Rubbish, nonsense, drivel. E.g."That film was ballacks."

Exclam. An expression of anger, frustration, or defiance.

* Also written as bollox (!) or bollix (!).

ballacksed Adj. 1. Worn out, ruined, tired.

Adj. 2. Very intoxicated.

...ballacks off Phrs. Suffixal use expressing the extreme or excessive nature of an action. For example, "I ran my ballacks off but still came last."

ballack (something) up Vrb phrs. To make a mistake, to mess something up.

ballacks to that! Exclam. A defiant exclamation.

ballax Noun. Alternative spelling of 'ballacks'.

BTW - Does Number 13 still eat a lot of Pineapples or is he fully satiated these days???
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