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Ballack considers coaching role

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Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:58:00

Michael Ballack plans to earn coaching qualifications but remains undecided over making the step from player to manager.

The 36-year-old hung up his boots at the start of October, bringing down the curtain on an illustrious career for club and country.

The ex-Germany captain, who was capped 98 times, saw his second spell with Bayer Leverkusen come to an end over the summer, having previously been a key man for both the Blues and Bayern Munich.

Having played under inspirational figures such as Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klinsmann and Ottmar Hitzfeld, Ballack could now be tempted to follow their lead and try his hand in the dug-out.

He told Cologne newspaper Express: "I will at some point in the foreseeable future get my coaching licence.

"But whether or not I will be a trainer, I can't say yet."

Despite having called time on his career, Ballack remains open to the idea of a farewell match, despite having turned down the German Football Federation's (DFB) initial offer in August 2011.

He added: "I would hope so. Of course, I would like to say goodbye to the fans."

But any hopes that the DFB would be involved in helping to organise a tribute to one of their all-time greats have been thrown into doubt by Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

Bierhoff told Aktuellen Sportstudio: "I personally think the time for a farewell match is gone. Firstly, we have only a few dates available, so I see no chance anymore."

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