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Ballack blasts coach Löw over dumping

The Local · 20 Jun 2011, 08:32

Published: 20 Jun 2011 08:32 GMT+02:00

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Speaking after a training session at his club Leverkusen on Sunday, Ballack said Löw’s account of the meeting, related on Saturday by German Football Association (DFB) general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, was untrue.

“I’m disappointed to have to read fresh statements that do not correspond to the truth and to which I have to respond,” Ballack said, according to daily Bild.

The DFB had announced on Thursday that Ballack, a key part of the German team for the best part of a decade, would not play again in the national side.

The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfielder, 34, has not played for Germany since March 2010 when he was injured, and in terms of performance at least, his absence has not been felt.

“If the coach was supposed to have told Wolfgang Niersbach he said to me at our conversation on March 30, ‘Micha, that’s it for you and it’s time to give it away,’ or, ‘I’m no longer planning on you,’ then that is completely untrue. The exact opposite was the case.”

Ballack’s account of the meeting in March was that Löw said he regarded Ballack as being “on the right track” to get back in the team and saw him as “a fighter.”

“He encouraged me and told me not to give up.”

Niersbach told Bild: “I wasn’t there at the conversation but the coach has assured me several times that’s how it was.”

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On Thursday, Löw himself had made a similar though less specific claim when he said, "I have discussed things openly with Michael Ballack, most recently in our meeting in March 2011 and in numerous phone calls."

Löw said on Sunday: “I’ve read the statement by Michael and can only say I stand by my statements.”

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Your comments about this article

10:35 June 20, 2011 by mashlakhito
And we care about what Ballack thinks because???
14:32 June 20, 2011 by Gilly58
Micheal Bollox, a primadonna who is over rated, over paid like most of the other primadonnas current and past involved with Chelski, Bayern etc...get over yourself...
15:41 June 20, 2011 by Bongartz
The most intelligent Bundes-Captain ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.s. Well done Ballack . Your words and activities are the proof of your strength & determined character .
19:00 June 20, 2011 by german-guardian
Ballack is a great player, but he is geting old. coach Löw looks for younger players
04:14 June 21, 2011 by Eric Mudasi
Years ago the Spanish Soccer Federation focussed its attention on their Spanish Project Teams nurturing the young stars of Barcelona, Real Madrid and the other La Liga teams at the Olympics, Junior European Cup & Junior World Cup. These group of players went on to win the senior European Cup & World Cup and are now ranked FIFA's Number 1. The Bravest, Boldest & turns out the BEST thing they did was DROP Raúl González, the MOST AWESOME player & Spanish ICON, a GALACTICO or literally a "SPANISH GOD"

Compared to RAUL, Michael Ballack & David Beckham DO NOT hold a candle to him & are among the BIGGEST JOKEs in WORLD SOCCER. They should have been put out to pasture ages ago.

SERIOUSLY say your GOODBYES & DEAL WITH IT !!! The WORLD is sick of overpaid & pampered, sulking has beens. Get a Life!
12:24 June 21, 2011 by authun
"suggesting Löw lied when claiming privately back in March that Ballack would no longer be part of the team"

What? This doesn't make any sense given the rest of the story.

Actually, Ballack suggested that Löw lied about claiming to have informed him (Ballack) privately back in March that he would no longer be part of the team.

That reads better.

This isn't the only headline/summary paragraph that needs to be run past a native speaker...
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