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Steven Gerrard and Robert Pires among stars for 6-a-side tournament

Robert Pires, Deco and Carles Puyol are set to feature at the 12-team Star Sixes tournament next year.

Steven Gerrard, Robert Pires and Jay-Jay Okocha are among the star names lined up for a six-a-side international tournament to be launched in London next summer.

Star Sixes, which will take place at London's O2 Arena from July 13-16 next year, will feature Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, France, England, Portugal, Australia, Nigeria, Netherlands and China.

Carles Puyol, Michael Ballack and Deco have also been confirmed for the tournament, which organisers said would be made up entirely...

Ballack: Loew must win World Cup

Already, Joachim Loew has a host of issues to sort if Germany is to legitimately challenge for this summer's World Cup.
Joachim Loew's Germany side are facing high expectations in Brazil from back home.

Joachim Loew has to win the World Cup to keep his job, the former Germany captain Michael Ballack has told Express.

Honigstein: Injuries, team diaspora threaten Germany
World Cup Daily

Former Chelsea midfielder Ballack missed the 2010 World Cup after an ankle injury suffered in the FA Cup final put an end to his hopes of finishing his international career on a high.

Without...

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Michael Ballack to get official farewell

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack will receive an official farewell from the German Football Association (DFB) ahead of World Cup qualifier against Austria in Munich.

Michael Ballack has hung up his boots after almost two decades in the game
Ballack missed the 2002 World Cup final through suspension.

“That’s a nice occasion to get a round of applause in his home stadium,” Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff told a press conference. During his four years at Bayern, Ballack had featured in 107 Bundesliga games...

By ESPN Staff

Kiessling backs Ballack

Stefan Kiessling has sided with his Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Michael Ballack in the debate over who should be the future captain of Germany.

Ballack was skipper for six years until an ankle injury ruled him out of the World Cup. Philipp took over the role for the duration of the tournament and has since expressed his desire to carry on as captain in he build-up to Euro 2012.

However, Ballack has also stated he expects to return to the national team as captain once he has fully recovered from...

By ESPN Staff

Ballack to confront Lahm

Michael Ballack has told Soccernet he is planning to have words with Philipp Lahm regarding the dispute over the German captaincy, and fully expects to have the armband when Joachim Low's side begin their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

An ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup final in May prevented Ballack from participating in the World Cup finals in South Africa and Bayern Munich defender Lahm was handed the honour of captaining the country in his absence, helping a young Germany side impress...

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Low delays Germany captaincy decision

Germany coach Joachim Low claims he has not yet given serious thought to who will captain his team in European Championship qualifying.

The issue has dominated the sports agenda in Germany ever since the World Cup when Philipp Lahm wore the armband with regular skipper Michael Ballack recovering from an ankle injury.

After the tournament Bayern Munich full-back Lahm outlined his intention to stay in the role while new Bayer Leverkusen signing Ballack is equally adamant he will regain it now...