Tag Archives: Michael Ballack

From Bundesliga to Premier League: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


The English Premier League is once more flexing its financial muscle and buying up some of the Bundesliga’s best talent. Roberto Firmino led the way after his €41 million move to Liverpool, and Bastian Schweinsteiger has followed suit. The German top flight has also lost Kevin Wimmer, Joselu, Shinji Okazaki and Sebastian Prödl in recent weeks, while speculation is rife […]

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Bayer Leverkusen’s Magical Champions League Season in 2002


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


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


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


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


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 teams had to start the […]

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

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. Kaiserslautern came into the match […]

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Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 1 Valencia – Remarkable Champions League Comeback


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 such poor play in an […]

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Bayer Leverkusen Season Preview: A Prescription for Glory?


Eric Bruehl makes his Bundesliga fanatic debut, previewing his favorite team’s season. It’s difficult to know where to begin with a preview for Bayer Leverkusen.  All summer long the team seems to have been caught up in a media storm the likes of which I’ve never seen surround B04.  That type of attention is usually reserved for FC Hollywood in Munich, […]

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