Analysis. History. Perspective.

Sports Then and Now



Preparing for the World Cup: Boateng Apologizes For Ballack Tackle 2

Posted on May 20, 2010 by Thomas Rooney

Michael Ballack will miss the 2010 World Cup following a tough tackle from Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has apologized for the challenge that ruled Germany Captain Michael Ballack out of this summer’s World Cup.

Boateng went in heavily on Ballack during last weekend’s FA Cup final, resulting in a painful ankle injury for the German. After the damage was analysed, it was confirmed that the former Bayern Munich man out of the finals. Anyone with a betting system is probably wise enough to ignore the old adage that you never write off the Germans, but their chances certainly took a major blow when the news broke.

Ghana midfielder Boateng – who could face Germany in their Group D fixture in South Africa – has insisted that the tackle was never intended to hurt Ballack. Speaking about the incident, he said that even though he “came in too late and made full contact”, it was “never intentional”.

He then said he is “sorry” and admitted that “it looks pretty stupid” when the incident is replayed in slow motion. The tackle – which occurred in the 35th minute at Wembley – was blasted at the time for being reckless and there is no doubt that it wasn’t Boateng’s finest moment.

The 23-year-old’s apology won’t mean too much to Ballack either. Not only will he miss the World Cup this summer, but he probably won’t play in a major competition for Germany again. He is 33 now after all and it is cruel that his last chance to play in a World Cup has been taken away from him.

It doesn’t do Germany’s chances in South Africa much good either. Ballack is the heart and soul of their team and by all accounts they are pretty deflated now that their star man has been ruled out. Indeed, the best betting site odds for the side winning the tournament lengthened after the news about the captain broke.

So, overall,  Boateng does have a lot to be sorry for and you can bet all the money in the world that he will get a “mixed” reception when Germany play Ghana in South Africa on June 23rd.

  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Hall of Famer Tony Oliva
      July 17, 2022 | 2:15 pm
      Tony Oliva

      After waiting for 45 years after his retirement, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is finally taking his rightful place as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Before injuries cut short his Hall of Fame worthy career, Tony Oliva was one of the best hitters in baseball and combined with Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Harmen Killebrew to make the Minnesota Twins a perennial American League contender during the late 1960s.

      Discovered on the baseball fields of Cuba by a Minnesota Twin scout, Oliva came to the United States in 1961 and within three years the American League Rookie of the Year. There have been many great MLB players from Cuba, including a new generation of stars today, but it is hard to argue that there has been a better player from the island in MLB than Oliva.

      Read more »

    • RSSArchive for Vintage Athlete of the Month »
  • Follow Us Online

  • Current Poll

    Who is the Best Quarterback from the 2020 Rookie Class?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Post Categories



↑ Top