Michael Ballack

German association football player

Michael Ballack (born 26 September 1976 in Görlitz, Germany) was a German football player and is the retired captain of the Germany national team. He last played for Chelsea, an English club.

Michael Ballack
Personal information
Full name Michael Ballack
Date of birth (1976-09-26) 26 September 1976 (age 47)
Place of birth Görlitz, East Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1983–1988 BSG Motor "Fritz Heckert" Karl-Marx-Stadt
1988–1995 Chemnitzer FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Chemnitzer FC II 18 (5)
1995–1997 Chemnitzer FC 49 (10)
1997–1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern II 17 (8)
1997–1999 1. FC Kaiserslautern 46 (4)
1999–2002 Bayer Leverkusen 79 (27)
2002–2006 Bayern Munich 107 (44)
2006–2010 Chelsea 105 (17)
2010–2012 Bayer Leverkusen 35 (2)
Total 456 (117)
National team
1996–1998 Germany U21 19 (7)
1999–2010 Germany 98 (42)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ballack started his career in a small club in Eastern Germany. He later turned to several German clubs, including Bayern Munich. In 2006–07 he arrived England to join Chelsea.

Ballack attended the World Cup twice, in 2002 and 2006, but did not win it with the Germany national football team. He is considered as one of the strongest midfield players to ever play for the German national team.

Club career statistics change

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
1995–96 Chemnitzer FC 2. Bundesliga 15 0 - - 15 0
1996–97 Regionalliga 34 10 - - 34 10
1997–98 Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 16 0 2 0 - - 18 0
1998–99 30 4 2 0 - 5 0 37 4
1999–00 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 23 3 0 0 - 2 2 25 5
2000–01 27 7 2 0 - 5 1 34 8
2001–02 29 17 4 1 - 15 7 48 25
2002–03 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 26 10 5 4 - 7 1 38 15
2003–04 28 7 3 2 - 8 0 39 9
2004–05 27 13 4 3 - 9 2 40 18
2005–06 26 14 5 1 - 6 1 37 16
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2006–07 Chelsea Premier League 26 5 3 1 6 0 10 2 45 8
2007–08 18 7 2 0 3 0 7 2 30 9
2008–09 29 1 6 3 1 0 10 0 46 4
2009–10 32 4 4 1 2 0 7 0 45 5
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2010–11 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Country Germany 282 85 27 11 57 14 366 110
England 105 17 15 5 9 0 34 4 163 26
Total 387 102 42 16 9 0 91 18 510 136

International career statistics change

[1][2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
1999 3 0
2000 9 0
2001 9 6
2002 11 6
2003 5 2
2004 13 8
2005 11 7
2006 14 6
2007 2 0
2008 12 4
2009 8 3
2010 1 0
Total 98 42

References change

  1. Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Michael Ballack". www.national-football-teams.com.
  2. "Michael Ballack - Goals in International Matches". www.rsssf.com.