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Mar 8, 2013

Ballack makes peace with Low for testimonial

Michael Ballack has invited former foe Joachim Low to participate in his testimonial game in Leipzig on June 5.

Ballack, 36, was believed to have fallen out with Germany coach Low after he had been dropped from the national squad, following an injury that ruled him out of the 2010 World Cup.

"Of course, Low is invited despite the less-than-ideal end," Ballack told a press conference.

He added: "I had a successful time with Low in the national team, even if there was tension at the end."

However, with the game taking place just three days after Germany's international with the United States in Washington, it remains doubtful that Low will attend the game.

Ballack also revealed that he has invited the likes of Jose Mourinho, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jurgen Klinsmann and Andriy Shevchenko.

One of the first to confirm his attendance was Real Madrid boss Mourinho, who coached Ballack during his time at Chelsea.

"I have invited loads of my former team-mates," Ballack said.

The former midfielder retired from professional football in October 2012, but hopes of an official farewell game at the time were soon destroyed by Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff. He said that there had been no game for the likes of Klinsmann or Jurgen Kohler so there would be no change of rules for Ballack.

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