Thursday, July 28, 2005

German Footballer of the Year announced

Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack has been named German Footballer of the Year for the third time in 4 seasons.

Ballack won by the landslide of landslides too. Sheesh, his 516 votes totaled almost 5 times the second place man.

I’ve felt that Michael Ballack is a bit underrated abroad but he’s not that much better than Lukas Podolski from Koln, Hertha Berlin midfielder Marcelinho, Nurnberg's Marek Mintal, and Bayern Munich playmaker Bastian Schweinsteiger, numbers 2 thru 5 in the journalist’s voting tally.

It’s not the strongest list of 5 finalists compared to any of the top 25 players in England. It’s an indication of the Bundesliga’s decline. You can read into that also Germany’s 2006 World Cup hopes.
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