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Ballack confirms June goodbye game

The Local · 8 Mar 2013, 06:52

Published: 08 Mar 2013 06:52 GMT+01:00

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Ballack, 36, who retired last October, made the last of his 98 appearances for Germany in February 2010.

He captained his country to third at the 2006 World Cup and spent four years at Chelsea from 2006 until 2010.

Under the slogan "Ciao Capitano. A world-class evening", Bayern Munich midfielder Schweinsteiger and Real Madrid coach Mourinho are already confirmed with a 'Ballack & Friends' team taking on a World XI, it was revealed on Thursday.

"Of course I want to play a bit in both teams, but my fitness levels will decide that," said Ballack, who turned down an invitation from the German Football Association (DFB) to win his 99th cap in the 3-2 friendly against Brazil in August 2011.

Germany coach Joachim Löw has been invited to Ballack's farewell and his former captain hopes he will be there.

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"I had a successful time with Löw in the national team, even if there was tension at the end," admitted Ballack, who had a public falling out with Löw in October 2008.

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Your comments about this article

14:01 March 8, 2013 by Istabraq
Good footballer. It is a pity his career came to a sudden end both internationally and at club level. One of Germany's good guys both on the field and off.
16:19 March 8, 2013 by Al uk
One of my all time favourite foreign players to play in England. A class player and also had a tough, physical ,nasty side when it was needed.

Football is too soft these days.
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