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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
Michael Ballack
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Germany's Michael Ballack
Born: 26/09/76
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Midfielder
Debut: 28/04/99 v Scotland
Ballack has endured a wretched season for Bayern Munich but remains a key player for Rudi Voeller's German side.

The free-scoring midfielder has struggled at Munich since his 14.5m move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

He scored 17 league goals for Leverkusen during a stellar 2001/02 season which culminated in a Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

The 27-year-old scored a number of vital goals during Germany's Euro 2004 qualifying campaign.

He also notched up three goals at the 2002 World Cup including the winner against South Korea in the semi-final.

His goal in that match came just minutes after he received a booking ruling him out of the final against Brazil.


Did you know? Ballack was Germany's Player of the Year in 2002.




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