CHEMNITZ - GERMANY 4. MAY 2006 -- Michael Ballack (29) was born in Chemnitz, thern Karl Mart Stadt in the GDR in 1976. He is known for being a versatile and well-conditioned player, equally at home in attack and defense, able to play in almost any position in midfield. He made his name as an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, but Bayern have recently employed him in a deeper role, where he has been able to direct play He has been awarded German player of the year award on three occasions (2002, 2003, 2005), a feat surpassed only by German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who won the award four times. Some experts consider him the most complete footballer in the world today. Since 2004, he has been one of Germany's leading sports icons and the captain of the German national team, which is seeking World Cup glory on home soil in the upcoming championships. IN PICTURE; Michael Ballack grew up in this house on the Salvador Allende Streetr. -- PHOTO: UFFE NOEJGAARD / EUP & IMAGES.