Michael Ballack will perhaps be feeling the pain of losing the Euro 2008 final to Spain a little more than most as it adds to his back luck at major finals.
He lost a Champions League final to Real Madrid while at Bayer Leverkusen, and was on the losing side at this year’s Champions League final as Manchester United beat Chelsea.
Ballack was a major injury doubt before the final due to an injury aggravation picked up in the semi final win over Turkey. He did play. but struggled to make the impact he would have wanted as the Spanish midfield took control.
A single 33rd minute goal from Fernando Torres was the difference between the two teams, but Germany have Jens Lehmann to thank that the score was not higher in Spain’s favour.
“It’s always disappointing to lose a final” Ballack said after the final whistle.
“The team have played a fantastic Euro 2008 tournament, but unfortunately we made one or two mistakes too many tonight.
“We wanted to, but we just couldn’t do any more. We you look at the level of the team, they put in a superb effort. We can be proud” he added.
“Even with the huge disappointment, this team has performed excellently over the past few weeks.”