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Arsenal

Arsenal’s Ozil is ‘one of the best but not World Class’

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Michael Ballack has tried to give Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil a confidence boost, while telling him he needs to push himself to meet his World Class potential. The German midfielder has been struggling for form this season, despite finding the net more this term than he has in previous years with the club.

Ex-Chelsea man advises Arsenal star to join Bundesliga giants

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Ex-Chelsea footballer Michael Ballack has advised Mesut Ozil to join Bayern Munich if he wants to...

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Ozil will get back to his best under Wenger’s guidance

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Former Germany captain Michael Ballack does not know what has happened to Mesut Ozil but is...

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German legend backs Ozil

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German legend Michael Ballack spoke out to support Arsenal's capture of German international Mesut Ozil. Arsenal signed Ozil hours before the close of the summer transfer window this summer for a transfer fee of £42.5 million, a price that smashed the former Arsenal transfer record. Ballack feels the price justifies the quality of the player and hopes the move ends up being a successful one for Ozil.

Video: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker skins Didier Drogba with his silky skills

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Watching Per Mertesacker play, it often appears like a constant challenge for the lanky German to remain upright. But it turns out he's got all kinds of crazy skills in his locker he just doesn't risk them when he's at the heart of the Arsenal defence. A charity match organised by Michael Ballack was [.

Bayern Munich

German fans start to feel love for RB Leipzig

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Berlin (AFP) – The name ‘RB Leipzig’ remains a red rag for most hardcore German fans, but the controversial Bundesliga club is winning over mainstream supporters, and rightly so, says Michael Ballack.

RB Leipzig are second only to Bayern Munich in the German top flight and on course to qualify directly for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

German fans start to feel love for RB Leipzig

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Berlin (AFP) – The name ‘RB Leipzig’ remains a red rag for most hardcore German fans, but the controversial Bundesliga club is winning over mainstream supporters, and rightly so, says Michael Ballack.

RB Leipzig are second only to Bayern Munich in the German top flight and on course to qualify directly for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

From Matthäus to Lewandowski: Bayern Munich’s top 10 domestic transfer steals

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With Bayern Munich set to face Wolfsburg in the seasonal opener, the Bundesligais back for the 2014-15 season. And with it has arrived the latest installment of the increasingly tense relations between title-winners Munich and their most-talented rival, Borussia Dortmund.

DT’s 2013 Champions League Final adventure

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In their third attempt in four years, Bayern Munich finally managed to win a Champions League final, thanks to Arjen Robben's 89th minute winner (and no thanks to the dozen chances he missed).

This DT writer was lucky enough to return to his home city to witness the first ever all-Bundesliga European Cup Final, and all the accoutrements that surrounded it.

Michael Ballack to hold a farewell match for himself with Jose Mourinho confirmed to appear

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It's been five months since former Germany captain Michael Ballack announced his retirement, so he apparently figured it was about time he scheduled a farewell match for himself. On June 5 in Leipzig, Ballack will let people give him a proper send-off with the help of already confirmed guests Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ballack's former teammate at Bayern Munich, and Jose Mourinho, his manager at the start of his time at Chelsea.

Chelsea

Ex-Chelsea Midfielder claims that Chelsea will win the title.

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Michael Ballack has given his verdict of the title race this season and has backed his former club to win it with a gap to our rivals and no European football this season.

There is still some way to go and any Chelsea fan will tell you, especially after last season, everything can change in a heartbeat.

DROGBA: Chelsea have a real lack of leaders - Drogba coming back makes sense.

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Look throughout the Chelsea squad at it is at the moment and one thing has become apparent to all of us - Chelsea a real lack of natural leaders. The decision to try and lure Didier Drogba back to the club makes perfect sense.

I was talking about this the other day. Think back through the last decade and our squad has been full of leaders and if anything we took that for granted.

Video: Ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack says what he misses the most after retiring

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Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack has admitted that since retiring the thing he misses the most is the passion of the fans. The German emphasised...

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Video: Michael Ballack names best Chelsea five-a-side team, featuring himself

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Michael Ballack may have won the Premier League, FA Cup and a League Cup during his time with Chelsea but he was hardly an instrumental driving force...

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Ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack says Mesut Ozil should not have joined Arsenal

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Ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack has stuck the boot into the performances of his compatriot Mesut Ozil at Arsenal with the retired German...

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Jose Mourinho’s All Time Best Chelsea XI

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Jose Mourinho's All Time Best Chelsea XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge last summer for his second period in charge of Chelsea. Before the relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich broke down in 2007 and the Portuguese left the club, the Blues had enjoyed two trophy-laden years and seemed on the cusp of breaking the stranglehold of Manchester United over the Premier League.

German legend praises Arsenal’s Ozil

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German legend praises Arsenal's Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea player and Germany legend Michael Ballack believes his fellow compatriot and new Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil will be a terrific signing for the Gunners.

Ozil has become the record signing for the North londoners following his move from La Liga giants Real Madrid on the transfer deadline day, and Ballack is confident that the German star will be a great addition to the Premier League.

Michael Ballack: 90 minutes of long-awaited, unthreatened triumph for German legend – ‘Ciao Capitano’

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Michael Ballack: 90 minutes of long-awaited, unthreatened triumph for German legend 'Ciao Capitano' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Michael Ballack's testimonial on Wednesday night proved to be a fitting end to a career littered with loose ends.

A proverbial buffet of former and current international stars, with a combined caps total of over 1,600, rolled out in Leipzig, East Germany, on what was a gloriously royal affair; with 45,000 fans and well-wishers filling the impressive, Red Bull Arena to the brim.

Manchester United v Chelsea Rivalry: 9 talking points in the Abramovich era

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Manchester United v Chelsea Rivalry: 9 talking points in the Abramovich era - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Chelsea lock horns this weekend, in what is a fixture with history. Although the Red Devils have already wrapped up the Premier League title, Sir Alex Ferguson will want to win at Old Trafford, while the Blues are involved in a battle for a top-four berth.

Michael Ballack Attempts To Wriggle Out Of £8,000 Speeding Fine With Lamest Excuse Ever: He’s Too Poor To Pay It

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Look kids, it's Michael 'all my money goes on carbon-fibre face masks' Ballack!

After being clocked hurtling down a motorway in his car doing211 kilometres per hour (131 mph) in a 120 km/h (75 mph) zone near the Spanish town of Trujillo a week or so ago, Michael Ballack is now attempting to wriggle out of an £8,000 fine on the basis that he is unemployed and therefore cannot afford to pay up.

Michael Ballack Arrested For Speeding In Spain – Whopping 211km/h In 120km/h Zone

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By Chris Wright

Spanish police have confirmed that they collared former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack after clocking him yomping down a motorway near Tujillo in eastern Spain doing a whopping 211 kilometres per hour (131 mph) in a 120 km/h (75 mph) zone according to the Spanish media anyway.

ESPN

ESPN announces host and studio talent for Euro 2016 TV coverage

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ESPN's talent that will be bringing Euro 2016 into homes across the United Statesthis summer will have a very familiar look. In fact, the talent is almost identical to the team that received rave reviews for its coverage of World Cup 2014.

Based in a studio in France, BobLey leads a team of English-language studio hosts that includes Mike Tirico his last assignment for ESPN before joining NBC Sports, as well as UK-based sports presenters Steve Bower and Alison Bender.

ESPN announces host and studio talent for Euro 2016 TV coverage

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ESPN's talent that will be bringing Euro 2016 into homes across the United Statesthis summer will have a very familiar look. In fact, the talent is almost identical to the team that received rave reviews for its coverage of World Cup 2014.

Based in a studio in France, BobLey leads a team of English-language studio hosts that includes Mike Tirico his last assignment for ESPN before joining NBC Sports, as well as UK-based sports presenters Steve Bower and Alison Bender.

WATCH World Cup Memories: Interviews With ESPN’s Soccer Pundits [VIDEO]

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ESPN has done a tremendous job televising the 2014 FIFA World Cup, breaking several TV ratings records and drawing viewers in across the United States to watch this Beautiful Game.

In this exclusive short film, we recently sat down with ESPN soccer pundits Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas and Craig Burley to discuss their first memories of the World Cup, what it was like playing in a World Cup as well as their experiences covering the beautiful game for the Worldwide Leader In Sports

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WATCH Parody of ESPN’s World Cup 2014 TV Coverage [VIDEO]

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ESPN World Cup talent Alexi Lalas, Michael Ballack, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Lynsey Hipgrave star in an animated video that parodies the work of the soccer quartet.

Sean Rohani wrote, directed, animated and provided voiceovers for the film. Rohani, the one-man show, has spent the bulk of his career in television, working on Disney XD series Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja, Metalocalypse, and Superjail!

ESPN Names Four Additional Analysts for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: Nightly Soccer Report

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ESPN have added four analysts to its coverage of World Cup 2014 with the inclusion of Stewart Robson, Efan Ekoku, Alejandro Moreno and Kasey Keller.

The analysts will join the five World Cup analysts ESPN named in December, who are Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Santiago Solari.

Where to Find the World Cup Draw Live On US Television and Internet

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The anticipation is building for Friday's World Cup Draw, live from Brazil, where the world will find out who will play who in the ultimate soccer tournament on the globe.

The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be shown live on US television and Internet on Friday, December 6.

Here are the details of where you can find it:

English-language: ESPN will begin its broadcast of the World Cup Draw on 11:30am ET and will conclude at 1:30pm ET.

ESPN Announces First Five Analysts For Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

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ESPN has announced the first five analysts for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup. ESPN has selected Michael Ballack, Steve McManaman, Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Santiago Solari.

Ballack, Lalas, McManaman and Solari will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs.

Michael Ballack tries to get speeding fine reduced because he has no income

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A speed camera in Spain caught Michael Ballack going 131 mph (where the speed limit is 75 mph) with his Audi U7 in October and now he's trying to get his fine reduced because he's retired and has no income.

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At his initial court hearing the day after his arrest, his legal team were told that he faced a two-year driving ban and an £8,000 fine.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Nothing To See Here, Just A Dance-Off Between Emmanuel Adebayor, Michael Essien, Djibril Cisse…And Michael Ballack (Video)

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'Tis the annual "Game of Hope" this evening, i.e, the charity football match in Ghana put together by Michael Essien to help raise money and awareness for a variety of foundations in his homeland, and on the eve of the match several of the players involved got roped into an impromptu dance-off at the pre-game gala in Accra.

Dance party: Emmanuel Adebayor, Djibril Cisse, Michael Essien and…Michael Ballack

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Michael Essien recently hosted a charity match in Ghana (see his Real Madrid teammates struggling to raise awareness for it in English) called the Game of Hope. At an event the night before the match, several of the players had a bit of a dance-off. Emmanuel Adebayor, Djibril Cisse and Michael Essien all showed off their moves (Cisse even broke out the nipple pinch), while Michael Ballack.

Didier Drogba

Per Mertesacker unleashes a spin move on Didier Drogba at Ballack farewell match

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A special farewell match for former German captain Michael Ballack, who retired last year, was held in Liepzig, Germany and featured an interesting mix of stars. The "Ballack and Friends" team included the likes of Miroslav Klose, Dietmar Hamann and Torsten Frings, while the "World Team" included The Continental himself (Dimitar Berbatov), Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Philipp Lahm and Jose Mourinho as manager.

La despedida de Ballack tendrá como invitados a Mourinho y Messi

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El ex capitán de la selección alemana se ha organizado su propio adiós del fútbol, tal y como publica el diario 'Express'. Ilustres como Drogba, Lampard, Özil o Schweinsteiger acompañarán a la leyenda germana.

El ex capitán de la selección alemana, Michael Ballack, tendrá su partido de despedida y homenaje el 5 de junio de 2013, con su colega argentino Lionel Messi y el técnico portugués Jose Mourinho como "invitados".

Germany

Lies Footballers Think It’s Perfectly Acceptable To Tell Files: Michael Ballack

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Though it sounds like absolute bollocks to us, the retired footballer's lawyer is arguing Mikey can't pay his recent speeding ticket because he (paraphrasing here) has no income and just finished his football career. "Just because he is a famous footballer doesn't mean he has any money coming in," said Ballack's attorney in defense of [.

OW : Michael Ballack Divorces Partner Of 13 Years, Neymar’s New Girlfriend, Wayne Rooney As James Bond + Maradona, Balotelli

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Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, your weekly Gossip Special! This week, read about Michael Ballack's divorce, Neymar's telenovela actress girlfriend, Wayne Rooney as James Bond, Maradona's newborn son and Balotelli's bizarre 'Amsterdam look'.

We kick off this column with some tragic news!

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MICHAEL BALLACK TALKS CHELSEA FANS! - @ChelseaFansYT - Ballack Interview PT III

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Germany v Argentina Brawl and German Shoot-out Win in 2006!

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Germany and Argentina meet in tonights World Cup Finale and lets hope it is nothing like there 2006 World Cup Finals Quarter-Final encounter which went all the way to a shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in normal time.

And when Germany won 4-2 in the shoot-out a brawl between players and officials of both Countries ensued with former German captain Michael Ballack later saying that when the German's were about to walk up for their penalties they were met with some over the top abuse from the Argentine players before they were silenced by the German triumph!

The US and the 2002 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 2002 World Cup.

DTotD: Retired St. Pauli midfielder breaks goalkeeper’s nose during German charity game

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While Gabi Agnonlahor was committing vomit-inducing tackles on members of One Direction in Glasgow on Sunday, a nasty incident occurred in another charity match in Germany.

A crowd of around 26,000 fans gathered at FC St. Pauli's Millerntor-Stadion to see the ninth edition of the 'Tag der Legenden' ('Day of legends'), which was contested between a Hamburg XI and a Germany XI.

Op-Ed: MLS’s Empire State of Mind

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Bullseye?

Why "NYC II" makes sense ... by TSG staff

Lucky number 20.

MLS Soccer is a chugging juggernaut nearly every way you turn the sphere.

You want increased attendance? MLS will say, "Yeah, we got that!"

You want increased franchise value?