Hamburg - Michael Ballack will remain Germany captain after apologising for recent criticism in a peace-making meeting with coach Joachim Loew.
The German football federation DFB said in a statement that Ballack and Loew buried the hatchet when they met Thursday at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt.
The news ended speculation that Ballack may resign as captain or even be stripped of thios position after criticising Loew last week in a newspaper interview over his selection criteria and attitude towards players. Even his future in the team was considered. Read more »
Hamburg - Chelsea and Germany midfielder Michael Ballack is sidelined for several weeks after undergoing an operation to have neuroma removed in both feet.
The German football federation DFB said in a statement that Ballack underwent the operation in Augsburg on Friday after complaining about pain in his feet after Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Wales.
Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt said that Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gave his nod to the operation and that Ballack should be back in training in two weeks if all goes well. Read more »
Dusseldorf - Captain Michael Ballack is a doubt for Germany's World Cup qualifier against Wales Wednesday due to a calf injury he picked up in the 2-1 weekend victory over Russia.
The 32-year-old Chelsea midfielder was unable to take part in training Monday and instead received intensive medical treatment. Read more »
Dusseldorf - Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack was the last member of Joachim Loew's squad to arrive in Dusseldorf Tuesday ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Wales.
Ballack arrived in time for an open training session in the LTU Arena although Loew had to do with a squad of 21 players as Marcell Jansen has pulled out with a muscle strain. Read more »
Hamburg- Germany captain Michael Ballack and national team manager Oliver Bierhoff have ended a dispute which had cast a shadow over the team since the summer's European Championships. Read more »
St Gallen, Switzerland - German Football Federation (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger Monday called for end to a dispute between captain Michael Ballack and team manager Oliver Bierhoff.
The dispute has been simmering since the Euro 2008 final in Vienna at the end of June after an altercation on the pitch following the 1-0 defeat to Spain. Read more »
Hamburg - Germany begin their World Cup campaign still affected by the fall-out of their Euro 2008 final defeat to Spain.
The 1-0 loss in Vienna on June 29 ended in rancour when captain Michael Ballack and team manager Oliver Bierhoff exchanged words on the pitch after the final whistle. Only the intervention of other players prevented an escalation. Read more »
Oberhaching, Germany - Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident his side will compensate for the loss of injured captain Michael Ballack for the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Germany play Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Saturday followed by Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday but Loew has decided not to call up a replacement in midfield for Ballack. Read more »
Hamburg - Germany captain Michael Ballack looks certain to miss next week's opening World Cup qualifiers with a foot injury.
"It looks at present that the captain will need a longer break from training," the German Football Federation (DFB) said Saturday.
Ballack has pulled out of Chelsea's derby match with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday because of metatarsal bone bruising. Read more »
Starnberg, Germany - German football captain Michael Ballack has chosen an exclusive yacht club for his wedding reception later this month, media reports said Thursday.
The Chelsea midfielder is due to marry his longtime partner Simone Lambe, 30, at a ceremony ahead of the reception in the Bavarian Yacht Club on Lake Starnberg at the foot of the German Alps. Read more »