Ballack picked up an ankle injury in the FA Cup final after being fouled by Portsmouth’s Kevin-Prince Boateng and has been told he will not be able to play again for at least two months.
That diagnosis ruled him out of the World Cup, but it will not bring his international career to an end at the age of 33.
“I won’t let my international career come to an end because of a foul like this,” he said.
“I never said that I would retire after the World Cup. I want to continue playing at the highest level and I will consider things in calm over the next few weeks.”
Ballack’s future for Chelsea should also be resolved in the next few weeks and he is optimistic that a new deal will be reached with the Premier League club.
“Chelsea are absolutely my first option,” he told Germany’s Bild newspaper.
“We are in contact with the club. The coach first of all wants to discuss things internally and then he will approach the players in a week.”
But first, Ballack must somehow come to terms with the fact he will miss what would probably be his last chance to become world champion for Germany due to a reckless foul.
“I gave everything for the goal of South Africa and now the World Cup has been taken away from me in a brutal way,” he said.
“It is bitter to be hacked down in such a way in the last game of the season. It hurts.”
While Ballack considers his own future, the national team coach Joachim Low is pondering not only who should take Ballack’s place in his team, but also who should wear the captain’s armband.
Ballack, who has flown to Germany’s training camp in Sicily “to be part of the family” and “to help me come to terms with this blow quicker”, had a few words of advice for the coach.
“Schweini [Bastian Schweinsteiger] has got to do it now and take on more responsibility,” he said.
“He is self-confident and has the class. I don’t see anybody else who shows such a presence and sets the tone like him.
“As for the captain, I don’t want to add to the speculation – it is hard enough for the coach.
“There are (Philipp) Lahm, Schweini and (Miroslav) Klose.
“Miro has had an unfortunate season, but he has a high standing in the national team. His experience is important.
“And, being captain could give him a boost.”
10 million Facebook fan’s – Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has got his 10 millionth Facebook fan, which makes him the first non-American to win so many pals on the social website.
The Portuguese Real Madrid ace has got 6.5million fans more than David Beckham.
But Ronaldo, 25, trails far behind Lady Gaga, who has 15million “friends” – the most for a living celeb. The closest British contender is football icon Becks with just over 3.5million.
Netherlands jumps into Final by restricting Uruguay 3-2 [Video]
Netherlands , finally go through the FIFA World Cup™ Final last night. People were not expecting such a semi-final from Uruguay side but they have played well with so much strong heart.
Germany will take on Spain in the second semi-final in Durban this evening in a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2008 final. The Spanish prevailed then but no team has looked more impressive so far in South Africa than the Germans, who put four past England in the Round of 16 and then dished out similar treatment to Argentina in the quarter-finals. Their upcoming opponents did not look quite as impressive in disposing of Portugal and Paraguay in the same rounds, the European champions edging through on both occasions thanks to opportunistic strikes by striker David Villa.
Netherlands vs Uruguay Goals
Semi Final stage FIFA 2010
Table has just turned around towards Europeans , 3 Euro teams qualified for Semi-Finals [ Germany , Spain and Holland ] whereas, just one team of South – America [ Uruguay ] came into Semi-Finals leaving behind big giants Argentina and Brazil.
Germany Match really hit Argentinians badly by 4 – Nill , in reaction to this Maradona got frustrated and engaged offensively with German Fans.
Lets see , what would happen in Semi-Finals.
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