Tag Archives: Michael Ballack

Bayer Leverkusen’s Magical Champions League Season in 2002

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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 finished second … everywhere. More […]

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A Tribute to Michael Ballack

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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 phenomenal. You see the photo […]

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Gallery – Tribute to Michael Ballack

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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 of 21 to his heart […]

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

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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 in the Bundesliga and a […]

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