Monday, June 30, 2008

Ballack: 2nd Place is better than 3rd

German captain Michael Ballack, runner up to Spain at Euro 2008, claimed today that winning isn't everything.

"We gave our best, but Spain are deserving champions," said Ballack, who, with Chelsea, finished second to Manchester United in the 2007/08 Premiership season.

"Now our efforts must go towards South Africa 2010," said the 31-year-old, who lost the Champions League Final to Manchester United two months ago. "It will be a great opportunity for Germany."

Ballack, who missed out on the 2002 World Cup Final through suspension, a game which Germany lost, recovered from a calf injury to play in the final. The inspirational midfielder, who lost the Carling Cup Final to Spurs in March, also lost the 2002 Champions League Final with Bayern.

"I'm disappointed," he said, "but with Deco joining us at Chelsea, we have an excellent chance to challenge Manchester United right up until the final day of the season, and then draw against some shitty team like Bolton."

"I'm a very lucky person," said Ballack, who lost the Bundesliga title on the final day of the season in 2004, and the German FA Cup Final the same season.

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