Germany News: Ballack ruled out of finals

17th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

The growing fears around Germany were confirmed earlier with the news that captain Michael Ballack would miss the World Cup finals in South Africa after suffering an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 win on Saturday in the English FA Cup. Ironically, Kevin-Prince Boateng was to blame for Ballack’s injury – a tear in the medial collateral ligament – brother of German international Jerome Boateng. Kevin-Prince has dealt both his brother and the entire German dream a swift blow just weeks before the finals commence on June 11th.

Joachim Low doesn’t exactly have a lot of time to find a suitable replacement, while the vast majority would claim Michael Ballack is irreplaceable, if not for his talent for his experience and his leadership qualities. The good news is Ballack hasn’t broken anything, although that will come of little consolation to the many travelling German fans, who were pinning their hopes on Ballack having a big tournament, leading by example as the Germany captain in what would have been his very last World Cup.

So, the question now is – Can Joachim Low find a replacement for their talismanic skipper in time for the finals? The obvious answer is no, as the Germans don’t exactly have a whole host of quality central midfielders waiting in the wings. In fact, Low could be forced to stick former Aston Villa man Thomas Hitzlsperger alongside the ever consistent Bastien Schweinsteiger in a desperate attempt to fill Ballack’s void. While Hitzlsperger does have one of the deadliest and forceful shots in the game, creativity and drive isn’t his strong points and is certainly not a direct Ballack replacement.

Another option could be to take a chance on Mesut Ozil, an attacking-midfielder by trade. Ozil is one of the upcoming stars in Germany, one of the more exciting prospects in German football. He’s nothing like Ballack in that he uses skill to beat a man, whereas Ballack uses his superb vision and strength. At 21 years-old, though, will Low really risk chucking Ozil in at the deep end, especially in the knowledge that he’s replacing a German cult hero.

I guess we will all have to watch this space. The one thing Michael Ballack’s injury has done is push Germany out in price in the outright market. The German were a general 12/1 before Ballack’s omission. Joachim Low’s men are now a general 14/1 to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.



Mentioned offers may be restricted to new customers, T&C's apply. Older offers may be not valid anymore. See details directly at the bookmaker's website. All tips on our site are based on the personal opinion of the author. No success is guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly. 18+

* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!




Read the latest world cup news:
Football World Cup News
England 3/1 to host World Cup 2030 with Ladbrokes
World Cup Betting & Odds
England 14/1 to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
France v Croatia- World Cup 2018
Who will win France vs Croatia – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018
Belgium v England- World Cup 2018
Who will win Belgium vs England – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018
Croatia v England - World Cup 2018
Who will win Croatia vs England – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup Semi Final Predictions and Odds 2018
France v Belgium - World Cup 2018
Who will win France vs Belgium – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018
World Cup Betting & Odds
England second favourites to win World Cup 2018


Our World Cup Betting's Top 5 Online Bookmakers
William Hill William Hill www.williamhill.com
Paddy Power Logo Paddy Power www.paddypower.com
Sportingbet Logo Sportingbet www.sportingbet.com