Tag Archives: Michael Ballack

Bayer Leverkusen’s Magical Champions League Season in 2002

by Cristian Nyari

It was one of the most incredible and most tragic singles seasons in German football history.  2001/02 forever branded Leverkusen as the eternal runners up, or “Neverkusen.”  It was a season in which the club reached glorious peaks and a season that culminated in defeat when it mattered most.  2002 was the year Bayer Leverkusen […]

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A Tribute to Michael Ballack

by quazi zulquarnain

One of the most enduring football images of the last decade is of a balmy night in Hampden Park, Glasgow.  In it, French maestro Zinedine Zidane is seen poised on the brink of hammering home an unstoppable volley to decide the fate of the Champions League final of 2002. Zidane’s gaze is steady, his balance […]

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Gallery – Tribute to Michael Ballack

by Cristian Nyari

In honor of Michael Ballack’s official retirement from football yesterday we journey through the illustrious career of one of German football’s greatest ever players and some of the more memorable moments of his career.  We start at the very beginning of his burgeoning career in which he won the Bundesliga title with surprise side Kaiserslautern at the ripe age […]

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Sami Khedira – From backup to EURO MVP

by Cristian Nyari

May 16, 2010. It was the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Portsmouth. Kevin Prince Boateng had just lunged into his opponent’s ankle and delivered what many thought was Germany’s death blow ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Their captain and most influential player, Michael Ballack, had just sustained an injury that was going to […]

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Michael Ballack: Bidding bye to the nearly man

by quazi zulquarnain

When the Bundesliga draws its curtains for the season this weekend, it will also signal the end of the road for a number of famous players of the past. Chief among them would probably be Michael Ballack, a man whose playing talent has sadly been overshadowed by events off the pitch over the past two […]

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Dutt’s tough choice

by Niklas Wildhagen

Michael Ballack is likely to start on the bench against Werder Bremen this weekend. The question on most Leverkusen fans mind at the moment is, will he ever make the first team again? When Michael Ballack signed for Leverkusen one and a half years ago most Leverkusen fans were overjoyed, claiming that the long-lost son […]

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Tale of Bayer Leverkusen’s Hinrunde

by Niklas Wildhagen

Adrian Sertl takes you through Leverkusen’s Hinrunde. A 3-0 home defeat at the hands of lowly Nürnberg on the last match day of the 2011-2012 Hinrunde appears to speak volumes about how Bayer Leverkusen’s season has gone thus far.  The loss meant that after 17 matches their record stood at 7-5-5, good for 6th position […]

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Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 1 Chelsea – Leverkusen book place in knockout stage after thrilling comeback

by Nicklas Hermann

As if the game did not have high enough stakes already just by virtue of being played under the midweek floodlights of the Champions League. For Bayer Leverkusen, a win at the BayArena against Chelsea would mean a ticket punched for the knockout stage of club football’s most prestigious competition. To compound the pressure, both […]

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Kaiserslautern 0 — 2 Bayer Leverkusen: Former Red Devils Doom Kaiserslautern Hopes

by Gerry Wittmann

A capacity crowd at the Betzenberg were on hand to cheer on the Red Devils of Kaiserslautern as they hosted Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Bundesliga re-start Friday following the international break. Robin Dutt’s visiting Werkself club featured goals by former Kaiserslautern players Michael Ballack and Sidney Sam to disappoint the Fritz-Walter Stadion crowd, 2-0 and take home all three points. […]

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Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 1 Valencia – Remarkable Champions League Comeback

by Gerry Wittmann

Bayer 04 Leverkusen scored a remarkable 2-1 comeback win over Valencia Wednesday in Champions League action at the BayArena.  Remarkable?  A team coming back from only a 1-0 halftime deficit? The victory was remarkable considering the absolutely abysmal performance of Leverkusen during the first half.  Rarely does a team with the talent of Die Werkself exhibit […]

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