Ballack's farewell draws 45,000 fans
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP)
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.