Michael Ballack is a former German national team captain, one of the country's most famous players. He was a prolific scorer and had a commanding presence in midfield - in the Bundesliga and the Premier League alike.
Ballack joined Germany’s national team in 1999 and was appointed captain in 2004. He played in the European Football Championship in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and the World Cup in 2002 and 2006. Ballack had stints with Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Chelsea in London, among other clubs. This is a collection of DW's content relating to Ballack. Ballack began his career as a youth at Chemnitz in Eastern Germany and made his professional debut in 1995. He played for Bundesliga sides Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich, before joining Premier League club Chelsea in 2006. Michael Ballack retired in 2012.