(born 26 September 1976) is a retired German footballer. He is among the top goal scorers in the history of his international team. Ballack has worn the number 13 shirt for every team he has played for except for Kaiserslautern. He was selected by Pelé as one of FIFA's 100 Greatest Living Players, and as the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in 2002. He has won the German Footballer of the Year award three times – in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Ballack was known for his passing range, scoring ability, ball skills, and commanding presence in the midfield.
Unser neuer TV-Spot läuft ab den 25. Dezember im Fernsehen und zeigt, Michael Ballack alle Leute in den Urlaub schickt, die schon viel zu tief im Alltagsgrau gefangen sind: Der... - 01.05.2011, YouTube
24.01.2012 [The Guardian (blog)] - The whole stadium rose to their feet to voice their displeasure when the Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt hooked off Michael Ballack for Stefan Kiessling an hour into the match against Mainz 05. Unlike Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ballack's performance
18.01.2012 [Vitalfootball] - We are in this situation because we have failed to replace Michael Ballack. Many Chelsea fans underestimated the role Ballack played for Chelsea. Strange thing about this Quaresma narrative: he wasn't horrible; he just didn't play often.
10.01.2012 [SportsPro Media] - German soccer legend Michael Ballack has renewed his advertising contract with internet portal operator and marketer Unister Holding GmbH. The deal, which runs until the end of 2012, will see the 35-year-old continue to feature in an advertising
07.01.2012 [IEWY News] - Michael Ballack looks set to leave Bayer Leverkusen when his contract expires at the end of the season. The former Chelsea midfielder has revealed he never intended to remain at the club, which he joined 18 months ago, for more than two years.
"Wir werden jetzt mit dem Trainer Einzelgespräche führen und versuchen, ihn davon zu überzeugen, weiterzumachen - wenn er sich nicht schon entschieden hat." - zur Zukunftsplanung von Jürgen Klinsmann im Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 10. Juli 2006
18.01.2012 [FootballFanCast.com (blog)] - More well known, quality players that European clubs will no doubt want in their sides such as Rafael Marquez, Fredy Montero and Torsten Frings also grace the MLS and the likes of Dider Drogba, Allesandro Del Piero, David Bentley and Michael Ballack
27.01.2012 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Bremen striker Claudio Pizarro and Bayer midfielder Michael Ballack were teammates at FC Bayern between 2002 and 2006 where they won three BL titles and one German Cup together. They were reunited when they both plied their trade with Chelsea in 2007.
25.01.2012 [Premiership Talk] - By Scott Hill | 25th January 2012 Rumors have been swirling recently involving German midfielder Michael Ballack possibly making the move to Major League Soccer. Ballack, best known for his heroics in the 2002 World Cup Final and time spent with
02.01.2012 [Just Football.com] - Ronaldinho, Michael Ballack and Guti have all been mentioned and although none of these rumours have gained any momentum, the fact that they all seem genuine possibilities says a lot about the new world that the CSL finds itself in.