Ballack's farewell draws 45,000 fans

Soccer Germany Michael Ballack
Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack bid farewelll to soccer on Wednesday night.
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LEIPZIG, Germany (AP)


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Former Germany captain Michael Ballack bid goodbye to soccer 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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