The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Germany’s former national soccer team captain Michael Ballack has retired with immediate effect at age 36, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing the player’s lawyer.
Germany captain Michael Ballack will miss next month’s soccer World Cup in South Africa after examination of his injured ankle found that he’ll need eight weeks to recover.
Midfielders Joe Cole and Michael Ballack and defender Juliano Belletti will leave Chelsea when their contracts expire at the end of the month, the Premier League soccer champion said on its website.
German soccer team captain Michael Ballack will undergo a scan after injuring his ankle in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth in today’s F.A. Cup final.
Germany soccer captain Michael Ballack will be out of action for up to six weeks after fracturing his left shinbone in a Bundesliga match yesterday, his club Bayer Leverkusen said on its website.
Bayern Munich AG defender Philipp Lahm will captain the German soccer team at this year’s World Cup finals in South Africa, Bild Zeitung reported, without saying how it obtained the information.
English soccer champion Chelsea said midfielders Joe Cole and Michael Ballack will leave the club at the end of this month when their contracts expire.
Chelsea and Manchester United are the only teams to have won the Premier League title in the past six seasons. They might not have it all their own way in the campaign that starts tomorrow.
Barcelona routed BATE Borisov 5-0 in soccer’s Champions League as AC Milan and Arsenal won at home to get their first victories in this season’s competition.
"It's very disappointing, but I have to accept it."
- Michael Ballack on May 17, 2010