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  • Bezirk Dresden, East Germany (now Saxony, Germany)
    Sunday Sep 26, 1976

    Born

    Bezirk Dresden, East Germany (now Saxony, Germany)
    Sunday Sep 26, 1976

    He was born in Görlitz, a town in Bezirk Dresden, East Germany (now Saxony, Germany), which straddles the Polish border.




  • Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
    Saturday Jul 01, 1995

    Ballack earned his First Professional Contract

    Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
    Saturday Jul 01, 1995

    In 1995, Ballack earned his first professional contract, thanks to his performances in the role of central midfielder. He was dubbed the "Little Kaiser", in reference to Franz Beckenbauer, who was nicknamed "Der Kaiser".




  • Germany
    Friday Aug 04, 1995

    His professional debut

    Germany
    Friday Aug 04, 1995

    His professional debut came on 4 August 1995, on the first day of the new 2. Bundesliga season.




  • Germany
    Tuesday Mar 26, 1996

    The Germany National Under-21 Team

    Germany
    Tuesday Mar 26, 1996

    On 26 March 1996, Ballack debuted for the Germany national under-21 team against Denmark, shortly after signing for Chemnitzer FC. In all, he played 19 matches for this side, scoring four goals.




  • Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
    Tuesday Jul 01, 1997

    Moving to 1. FC Kaiserslautern

    Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
    Tuesday Jul 01, 1997

    In the summer of 1997, coach Otto Rehhagel of just-promoted 1. FC Kaiserslautern signed Ballack at their return to top flight football.




  • Bremen, Germany
    Wednesday Apr 28, 1999

    Ballack's first senior Germany appearance

    Bremen, Germany
    Wednesday Apr 28, 1999

    Ballack's first senior Germany appearance, did not come until 28 April 1999, when he came on as a substitute for Dietmar Hamann in a match against Scotland.




  • Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    Thursday Jul 01, 1999

    Moving to Bayer Leverkusen

    Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    Thursday Jul 01, 1999

    On 1 July 1999, Ballack moved to Bayer Leverkusen at age 22 for a transfer fee of €4.1 million.


  • Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    Losing the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final

    Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
    Wednesday May 15, 2002

    He lost the UEFA Champions League final 2–1 to Real Madrid.


  • Munich, Germany
    Monday Jul 01, 2002

    Moving to Bayern Munich

    Munich, Germany
    Monday Jul 01, 2002

    In spite of Real Madrid's interest, Ballack decided to sign with Bayern Munich in a €12.9 million deal in 2002 after his impressive performances in the World Cup.


  • London, England
    Monday May 15, 2006

    Moving to Chelsea

    London, England
    Monday May 15, 2006

    Ballack agreed to join English Premier League club Chelsea on a free transfer on 15 May 2006.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Jul 31, 2006

    Ballack's debut for Chelsea

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Jul 31, 2006

    Ballack's debut for Chelsea came on 31 July 2006, during a practice match at UCLA's intramural football pitch. Chelsea presented him to the media the following day where the club also gave him his favoured number 13 shirt, worn throughout his career.


  • Ewood Park, Blackburn, UK
    Sunday Aug 27, 2006

    Ballack made his Premier League debut

    Ewood Park, Blackburn, UK
    Sunday Aug 27, 2006

    On 27 August 2006, Ballack made his Premier League debut for Chelsea against Blackburn Rovers.


  • Stamford Bridge, London, UK
    Tuesday Sep 12, 2006

    He Scored his first goal for Chelsea

    Stamford Bridge, London, UK
    Tuesday Sep 12, 2006

    On 12 September, he scored his first goal for the club on his Champions League debut against Werder Bremen.


  • Stamford Bridge, London, UK
    Sunday Sep 17, 2006

    The first straight Red Card of his Career

    Stamford Bridge, London, UK
    Sunday Sep 17, 2006

    He received the first straight red card of his career in Chelsea's 1–0 win over Liverpool on 17 September 2006, after being judged to have stamped on Mohamed Sissoko's leg.


  • Munich, Germany
    Sunday Apr 29, 2007

    Ballack had Undergone Ankle Surgery in Munich

    Munich, Germany
    Sunday Apr 29, 2007

    On 29 April 2007, Chelsea released a statement on their official website, informing fans that Ballack had undergone ankle surgery in Munich. As a result, Ballack did not play in the FA Cup final against Manchester United, which Chelsea won 1–0 through Didier Drogba's extra time goal.


  • Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Meiereistraße, Vienna, Austria
    Sunday Jun 29, 2008

    Losing the Final of UEFA Euro 2008

    Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Meiereistraße, Vienna, Austria
    Sunday Jun 29, 2008

    Germany, captained by Ballack, lost to Spain 1–0 in the final of UEFA Euro 2008.


  • Kempfenhausen, Berg, Germany
    Monday Jul 14, 2008

    Marriage

    Kempfenhausen, Berg, Germany
    Monday Jul 14, 2008

    On 14 July 2008, Ballack married his long-time girlfriend Simone Lambe.


  • London, England
    Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

    Ballack Signed a One-year Contract extension with Chelsea

    London, England
    Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

    On 2 June 2009,Ballack signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea.


  • Wembley Stadium, London, UK
    Saturday May 15, 2010

    The 2010 FA Cup Final

    Wembley Stadium, London, UK
    Saturday May 15, 2010

    He also started as Chelsea were victorious against Portsmouth in the 2010 FA Cup final, however he would come off injured shortly before half-time after a tackle by Kevin-Prince Boateng. As a result of the injury, Ballack was not able to participate in the 2010 World Cup.


  • London, UK
    Wednesday Jun 09, 2010

    Chelsea FC announced that Ballack would leave Chelsea on a Free Transfer

    London, UK
    Wednesday Jun 09, 2010

    On 9 June 2010, it was announced that Ballack, along with teammates Joe Cole and Juliano Belletti, would leave Chelsea on a free transfer after his contract was not renewed. It was reported that while manager Carlo Ancelotti wanted to retain Ballack, club owner Roman Abramovich was only willing to offer a one-year deal due to Ballack's age.


  • Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    Friday Jun 25, 2010

    Returning back to Bayer Leverkusen

    Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    Friday Jun 25, 2010

    On 25 June 2010, Ballack signed a two-year contract with former club Bayer Leverkusen.


  • HDI Arena, Hannover, Germany
    Saturday Sep 11, 2010

    Ballack had a shin injury

    HDI Arena, Hannover, Germany
    Saturday Sep 11, 2010

    Ballack had a shin injury sustained 11 September 2010 in a Bundesliga match against Hannover 96.


  • Germany
    Wednesday Oct 06, 2010

    Ballack's shin injury consequences

    Germany
    Wednesday Oct 06, 2010

    On 6 October 2010, it was announced that Ballack would not play again in 2010 at the club or international level due to the shin injury


  • Germany
    Sunday Feb 20, 2011

    Ballack made his return from injury

    Germany
    Sunday Feb 20, 2011

    On 20 February 2011, Ballack made his return from injury, coming on as a substitute for Simon Rolfes against VfB Stuttgart; Leverkusen won the match 4–2.


  • Germany
    Thursday Jun 16, 2011

    Leaving the National Team

    Germany
    Thursday Jun 16, 2011

    On 16 June 2011, it was announced that Ballack would no longer be a part of the national team. The German Football Association (DFB) offered him two friendlies to reach 100 matches for Germany, which he refused, accusing Löw of disrespecting him ever since his injury dating back to March 2010 and calling the invitation to compete in another two games for Germany a "farce".


  • Germany
    2012

    Divorce

    Germany
    2012

    Ballack and Simone Lambe divorced in 2012.


  • Germany
    Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

    Retirement

    Germany
    Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

    Ballack announced his retirement on 2 October 2012.


  • Red Bull Arena, Am Sportforum, Leipzig, Germany
    Wednesday Jun 05, 2013

    Ballack played a farewell match

    Red Bull Arena, Am Sportforum, Leipzig, Germany
    Wednesday Jun 05, 2013

    On 5 June 2013, Ballack played a farewell match at Leipzig's Red Bull Arena. The match was won by a World XI 4–3 against the "Friends of Ballack", with Ballack scoring his second hat-trick in his career.


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