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People in this issue: Barack
He was once very close to his dream of the World Cup and the Champions League trophy, but after all he failed to break the law of invincibility in the final. It seems that such a career is full of cruelty and regrets, but as Hemingway wrote in "The Old Man and the Sea", "Man can be defeated and will never be destroyed", as the proud man in the dark period of German football at the beginning of this century. Shining, Barack, who is still strong after setbacks and blows, has already written his own great history in world football.
In 1976, countless legendary stars in world football were born. This year, shortly after "Football King" Beckenbauer led Bayern Munich to win the Champions League three consecutive championships, Michael Ballack (also translated as Michael Ballack) was born on September 26 of that year. The city of Görlitz in East Germany.
1976年，无数传奇足球明星诞生了。今年，在“足球王”贝肯鲍尔带领拜仁慕尼黑连续三届夺得冠军联赛后不久，迈克尔·巴拉克（Michael Ballack）（也译为迈克尔·巴拉克（Michael Ballack））于该年9月26日出生。东德国的格尔利茨市。
As the only child in the family, Ballack joined a small East German team as a football apprentice at the age of 7, and then joined the youth team of the Chemnitz Football Club in Saxony. In Chemnitz, the young Ballack has always been the most serious and hard-working player. As a midfielder, he quickly showed all-around qualities, running around the court, tirelessly, able to attack and defend, and quickly became a player of his age. The best in it.
In 1989, 13-year-old Barak witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the new German Football League was born after the reunification of Germany and Germany. On August 4, 1995, Ballack, who was promoted to the Chemnitz first team, came off the bench in the first round of the German second round with a 1-2 loss to VFB Leipzig, thus completing his career debut. This season, Ballack played 15 times in the German Second Division, but unfortunately the team was relegated to the regional league after the end of the season (there was no German Premier League).
After moving to the regional league, Ballack gradually became an important force in Chemnitz after stabilizing his starting position. His performance of 10 goals in 34 appearances earned him the reputation of "Little Caesar". At this time, Kaiserslautern under the command of the famous coach Rehagel discovered the football genius hidden in the former East Germany in time. In the summer of 1997, Ballack moved from Chemnitz to Kaiserslautern, who had just returned to the Bundesliga.
Initially, Kaiserslautern's plan was to let Ballack represent the second team in the regional league, but Ballack's outstanding performance allowed Rehagel to decisively transfer him back to the first team and gradually became an important rotation player for the team. This season, the myth of Kaiserslautern has swept the German football world-after 16 appearances in the season, Ballack followed Kaiserslautern to win the Bundesliga prize, thus creating the first top league promotion to win the five major leagues An impressive record of champions.
In those years, German football fell from the altar with the disastrous defeat of the 1998 World Cup. The replacement of the old and the new is already a top priority. After Kaiserslautern's first Bundesliga goal and Champions League debut in the second season of Kaiserslautern, the steady growth of Ballack began to gain widespread attention and completed his national team debut in a friendly match between Germany and Scotland in April 1999. In the summer of that year, Barack was incurred by Leverkusen with a transfer fee of 4.1 million euros, and Barack, who had completely released his talent, quickly established himself as the core of the pharmaceutical factory, thus ushering in a complete sublimation of his career.
However, the myths experienced in Kaiserslautern in the early days seemed to exhaust Barak's good fortune. Especially after coming to Leverkusen, Barack began to encounter the "Runner-up Curse" that he could not get rid of. In the 1999-00 season, under the leadership of the head coach of Daum, the pharmaceutical factory ushered in the most successful period in history. After leading the standings all the way, only the newly promoted Winterhaven can win the championship at the end of the season, but he does not want Ballack in In the 20th minute of the game, an own goal was scored, and the pharmaceutical factory also fell behind Bayern in the league runner-up due to a goal difference after the defeat.
In the 2000-01 season, Daum resigned due to a drug scandal, but this did not stop Barack's brilliance. He scored 7 goals in the league and scored the first goal of the national team with a penalty kick in the 4-2 win over Greece by Germany in the world preliminaries. Entering the 2001-02 season, Ballack led Leverkusen on all fronts under the guidance of Top Muller. The fully fired Ballack contributed 23 goals and 12 assists in all competitions. However, the pharmaceutical factory was finally blocked three times in the Champions League, the League and the Cup-when Zidane presented the stunning flying fairy, Ballack swallowed the bitter fruit of the "king of Sanya" with the team.
With the regret of the pharmaceutical factory, Ballack led the German team to the 2002 World Cup as the core. After the Euro 2000 group was eliminated, German football at this time has been in a period of pain. If Ballack had not scored in the play-offs at home and away, the German team might even miss the World Cup. Therefore, before the match, it was dubbed by various media as "the weakest German team in history." However, with the first group match With an 8-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, the outside world suddenly discovered that this German tank was erupting with a fighting power far higher than outsiders' imagination.
Re-examining this downturned strong team, Klose, who was born out of nowhere, and Kahn, who could not be attacked, seem to be important factors supporting Germanic’s continuous advancement. In fact, Ballack, who plays a central role on both offense and defense, is the team’s important The flag and the greatest threat. In this World Cup, Klose scored five headers, four of which came from Ballack's assists. After entering the knockout round, Klose began to encounter the opponent's key defense, so Ballack took over the task of scoring: 1-0 defeating the United States in the quarter-finals, Ballack scored the only goal; defeating South Korea 1-0 in the semifinals, and again Barak contributed to the lore.
With 3 goals and 4 assists, Ballack contributed impressive data in the World Cup. However, the biggest regret is that he received a yellow card in the semi-finals against South Korea and suffered a final suspension. This made Ballack cry in the locker room, and the German team, lacking a core on the field, failed to escape the fate of losing in the final. Although there is no "if" in the football world, you might as well imagine if Ballack's German team would be more tenacious and brave in the final? The fact is that many media after the game pointed out that the reason for Germany's loss did not point to Kahn who made an accidental mistake, but attributed it to Barack's absence.
After the Korea-Japan World Cup, Ballack, who has become a well-deserved core player of the German team, was elected the German Footballer for the first time. At this time, the 26-year-old deeply felt that Leverkusen, who had limited financial resources and lost personnel, could not continue to satisfy his pursuit of championship. . So in the summer of that year, Ballack joined the Bundesliga's most successful club Bayern Munich with a transfer fee of 12.9 million euros, thus setting the Bundesliga record for the highest transfer fee at that time.
After arriving at Bayern, Ballack quickly replaced Effenberg as the core of the team's midfield. In the first season, Ballack played 38 times in all competitions and scored 15 assists and 10 goals, leading Bayern to win the "double crown" while finally regaining the feeling of championship. After the unsuccessful 2003-04 season and the 2004 European Cup, Bayern Barack continued to improve in the Magat era. The 2004-05 season was Ballack's highest season. He led the team to win the double championship and was nominated for the 2005 World Footballer.
Entering the 2005-06 season, Ballack's performance on the field is still brave, and his strong offensive and defensive performance has carried the banner of Bayern, and the consecutive Bundesliga championship awards are his best praise. However, in the UEFA Champions League, Bayern has never been able to show strong strength, in the 2005-06 season, they were directly blocked by AC Milan in the quarterfinals. As a result, criticisms against Ballack followed one after another. A common voice was that Ballack was like a charge-leading general, but he could not play the commander-in-chief of the team. Therefore, he led Bayern in the strong confrontation in the European war and did not meet the expectations of the outside world.
In the summer of 2006, after playing an unforgettable fairy tale with the German team in the World Cup, Ballack ended his Bayern career and embarked on a new journey in the Premier League with Chelsea. But at this time, Ballack never thought that the German team's regretful exit from Italy in the semifinals became his last swan song in the World Cup.
It is impossible to deny that the high annual salary offered by Chelsea is an important factor in Ballack's decision, but the pursuit of the Champions League is also the starting point for Ballack to consider. After all, the star-studded Chelsea at the time gave him the opportunity to win the highest honor. Today, the right and wrong of this incident have long since faded with the passage of time, and Barak also opened his heart many years later, saying that the reason why he did not dare to confide his decision to leave the team to the top of Bayern was because he was worried that he could not stand the most The humane chairman Hernes persuaded and changed his mind.
In the end, 30-year-old Barak set sail again in the Blues. With the increase in age and injuries, he will inevitably suffer a decline in his state at this time, but the conversion of roles and status has better clarified his own positioning and continued to contribute to the team. In the 2006-07 season, Ballack won the League Cup and the FA Cup with Chelsea; in the 2007-08 season, Ballack helped Chelsea enter the Champions League final for the first time. However, on that rainy night in Moscow, Ballack guarded the Blues midfielder for 120 minutes, and shot a penalty shootout, but from revelry to concealment, from heaven to hell, the iron-clad Barack once again missed the Champions League trophy. Two months later, he suffered another defeat in the European Cup...
In the 2008-09 season, Chelsea, who drove high and low, lost hope in the league early. Under the leadership of interim coach Hiddink, the team turned its focus to the Champions League. After the elimination of Liverpool, the Blues once again reached the semi-finals, and the opponent is the powerful Barcelona. In the first leg of the Nou Camp, Chelsea, short of major generals, consisted of a tough midfielder composed of Ballack, Lampard, Essien and Mikel, and retired with a 0-0 score; Essien was 9th in the second leg of Stamford Bridge. After scoring within minutes, Abidal's red card in the second half gave Chelsea the hope of advancing to the final again.
In the 93rd minute, Iniesta magically equalized the score, which allowed Chelsea players to inspire crazy offensive firepower. However, the protagonist of this game is destined not to Chelsea, but the referee Henning. In the 95th minute of the game, Ballack's shot hit Eto'o's hand. Hening, who had been misjudged many times before, refused to award a penalty close at hand, and even ignored Ballack who was roaring in the field. In the end, Chelsea regretted to be out again in the Champions League, and this scene became a classic scene in the history of the Champions League...
"As you can see, I had a fierce reaction at the time. We were all very emotional, but I think the catharsis of this emotion is normal, and the penalty is not fair! We are the team that played better, Henning Some of the penalties were ridiculously wrong!” On the night at Stamford Bridge in 2009, people saw the iron-blooded man’s eyes full of despair and anger on the camera, and the roar was more like Barack lamenting his fate at the last moments of his peak. Screams...
As a midfielder, Ballack has a strong coverage ability on the defensive end, is good at cutting off the opponent’s offensive line, and then becomes a powerful barrier in front of the defensive line; on the offensive end, he has an excellent overall view and is good at long pass scheduling. Continue to deliver accurate assists for the striker teammates, while also having a super ability to grab points and headers. Coupled with the indelible fighting spirit, the outside world even argued for the best position of Ballack (back midfielder or front midfielder), which is also reflected in the two "new Ballack" Gretzka and Haverts.
What's more commendable is that Ballack continues to show top long-range ability. Take a look at the classic battle of the 10-man Bayern draw with Leverkusen in the 2003-04 season. During an indirect free kick in the second half, Barack, who was originally prepared to shoot after a run-up, got rid of the attacking defender. The shocking long shot broke the gate guarded by Bout, and this goal was hailed as the best goal of Ballack's career!
After the German youth training changed to a technical path, some media commented that Ballack was the final spiritual totem of German football, but with such characteristics, Ballack is destined to drift away from the German national team with a changing style. From the characteristic point of view, Barak has shortcomings in small techniques and detailed processing, and dribbling technology is also a major shortcoming. As the golden generation who won the 2009 European Youth Championship gradually took over in the national team, Barak, who entered the end of his career, seemed out of place. Podolski's shot of slapped Barak in the 2009 national team game was even more regarded as The contradiction between new and old players is open.
In 2010, Ballack finally won the Premier League title with Chelsea. However, he was shoveled by Prince Boateng in the FA Cup final, causing him to miss the 2010 World Cup in South Africa due to injury. It is undeniable that at this time, Ballack has been unable to keep up with the technical flow of the German team. Years of contradictions also closed the door of the national team after his "captain battle" with Lahm, which made Ballack in the German team. The record of appearances was finally fixed at 98 games. In fact, Love planned to help Ballack complete the national team record of 100 games, but Ballack refused to participate in two friendly matches with the team after the World Cup in South Africa.
After returning to his home team Leverkusen and playing for two years, Ballack officially retired in the summer of 2012. This year, Chelsea faced old rival Barcelona and broke the demons. These old boys finally realized their dreams in the Champions League. One year later, Bayern Munich achieved the nirvana of the Phoenix and completed the epic of the "King of Sanya" and the "Triple Crown"; Another year later, the German chariot was invincible in Brazil, and the golden generation successfully raised the Hercules Cup. It's just that in these scenes, there is no longer Barack...
Since then, Barack, who obtained the coaching certificate, did not pick up the pointer, but signed ESPN as a TV guest and enjoyed the time after retirement. He often stood up and expressed his views on German football. In recent years, he has become a critic of the German national team and the head coach. Loew’s pioneering power. In addition, Ballack and Bayern have long since settled their suspicions and participated in Bayern events as meritorious services. When reviewing their careers, they said: "I have a very happy time at Chelsea and Bayern, so I have both blue hearts and blue hearts in my chest. Red hearts."
With as many as 14 runner-ups, the outside world often overlooks that Ballack has also raised the championship trophy 13 times, making him almost the best commentary of a tragic hero. However, looking at Barack's career, perhaps he was destined to be tragic, but he never retreated; perhaps he did not meet the expectations of the outside world, but he worked hard every second in the face of fate. Therefore, the outside world can judge that birth is untimely, but Ballack is to German football as Giovanni is to Florence. It is an imperfect but indispensable great transition—even if it is full. Unfortunately, it still shows the fragrance!
2002-2006 Bayern Munich
Total: 604 games 148 goals
Germany: 98 games with 42 goals
Bundesliga champion: 1997-98, 2002-03, 2004-2005, 2005-06
German Cup Champion: 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06
England FA Cup Championship: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10
England fa cup championship: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10
English League Cup Championship: 2006-07
England Community Shield Cup Champion: 2009
Premier League Championship: 2009-10
Note: All the stars selected into the Hall of Fame are retired players, and the star card number does not represent the ranking
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