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Ballack’s farewell draws a crowd of 45,000

June 5, 2013

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Former Germany captain Michael Ballack bid goodbye to football on Wednesday, scoring three goals before a crowd of 45,000 in a charity match that was nearly called off because of flooding in eastern Germany.

Ballack scored twice for his “friends of Ballack” team and then scored one more for a “world selection” coached by Jose Mourinho.

Ballack, who changed sides at halftime, played for Mourinho at Chelsea.

The world selection won 4-3.

The teams included the likes of Didier Drogba, retired Formula One great Michael Schumacher, Lothar Matthaeus, Andriy Shevchenko and Philipp Lahm.

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