One of the best players German football has ever produced. However, despite being extremely talented, Michael Ballack career has not once made a wish for noble titles.
Having started to shine in 2005 as a central midfielder…
Ballack was then emerging as the perfect choice in the position as he was able to defend well, attack well, and most of all shots far from powerful.
In the course of his career, it was not Ballack that had no title yet. He has won 2 national championships in two different football backgrounds, but compared to the trophy misses in the finals, few people remember those two titles.
Ballack got off to a strong start with Bayer Leverkusen, at this club he had the opportunity to win the treble in the 2001-02 season, but after closing the curtain, the German midfielder fell into “empty-handed” that year Leverkusen only 1 point behind Dortmund in the Bundesliga race. A week after missing the silver plate, Ballack and his teammates went on to the German Cup final, but once again the midfielder failed when Schalke beat Leverkusen 4-2.
Ballack was wearing the Bayer Leverkusen shirt for the 2001-02 season, when he was only 22 years old.
The bad luck has not yet let Ballack go, once again he and his teammates have the opportunity to lift the cup, this time in the Champions League final, where Leverkusen meets Real Madrid.
After Raul and Lucio scored, thinking that the match had fallen to a stalemate, at that moment, Zinedine Zidane had created the most beautiful goal in the history of this tournament after a superb volley. One more time Leverkusen failed and one more time Ballack failed with titles.
Ballack won the Bundesliga with FC Kaiserslautern in the 1997-98 season, it is worth mentioning that this team won the championship right from the start.
2002 was also an unforgettable year for Michael Ballack career. That year, he and his teammates in the German national team overcame many challenges to reach the World Cup final, especially the defeat of the “bad” home team of Korea in the semi-finals with a score of 1-0.
However, in that match, Ballack received a yellow card and he was enough to be forced to be absent in the final. In the last match, Germany lost to Brazil 0-2 after Ronaldo scored both goals to bring the Selecao to the top of the world for the fifth time.
The yellow card in the semi-finals ruined Ballack’s 2002 World Cup season.
Ballack’s runners-up in his career
- Bundesliga (2 times): 2001-02, 2010-11
- German Cup: 2001-02
- Champions League (2 times): 2001-02, 2007-08
- World Cup 2002
- Premier League (2 times): 2006-07, 2007-08
- League Cup: 2007-08
- EURO: 2008
- Best German Player of the Year: 2008
Ballack moved to Bayern Munich in hopes of finding more titles,
After playing for Leverkusen, Ballack moved to Bayern Munich hoping to find more titles, that year he switched to “Gray” with his teammate Ze Roberto.
After moving to a new club, Michael Ballack career immediately won a double title with Bayern Munich in 2002-03, but just a year later, “Gray” lost both titles to Werder Bremen. However, his title “second place king” is temporarily forgotten by people after twice winning the title with the home team Allianz Arena in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
In 2006, Ballack once more failed to color for Germany at home in the 2006 World Cup. In the semi-finals, Germany lost to Italy in extra time with 2 goals from Grosso and Del Piero. Die Mannschaft then won the third prize with a 3-1 victory in the bronze medal match over Portugal.
Grosso’s dumb moment
After the forgettable World Cup, Ballack turned to play for Chelsea. In the 2007-08 season, after losing to Tottenham in the League Cup final, Ballack reached the Champions League final with Manchester United. However, Terry’s failed penalty kick indirectly kicked Chelsea’s championship dream, including Ballack.
Thankfully, during his time with the Stamford Bridge team, the German player also got a double title in 2010.
The most unfortunate final of Ballack’s career.
Trophies in Michael Ballack career
- Bundesliga (four times): 1997-98, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06
- German National Cup (3 times) – 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06
- German League Cup: 2004
- Premier League: 2009-10
- FA Cup: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10
- League Cup: 2006-07
- Best European Midfielder: 2002
Back in EURO 2008, Germany excelled to be one more time to reach the final of a major tournament. However that year Spain was too strong, a stunning goal from Torres, and also the only goal in the final has once again turned Ballack “runner-up”.
Ballack has not had any major titles with the national team.
Ballack returned to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010, where he and the club ranked Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga race, but once again he finished runner-up that year. Dortmund is too excellent. Two years later, he decided to retire in 2012 at the age of 36 despite offers from tournaments like Australia’s A-Leauge or America’s MLS.
In Michael Ballack career, although never been crowned at the big playgrounds like EURO, World Cup, or Champions League. But besides Xavi, Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard, Iniesta, Seedorf, or Gattuso, Ballack is still considered one of the best central midfielders.