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    Wanderers Chasing Ballack


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    Not to be outdone by A-League rival Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers is chasing the signature of off-contract Germany star Michael Ballack, The World Game can reveal.

     

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    With the Sky Blues basking in the glory of landing Italian star Alessandro Del Piero on a two-year deal, it has emerged Wanderers has launched an audacious bid of its own for one of Germany's greatest ever players, who's contract at Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen is up.

     

    It is believed representatives of Wanderers have been talking to Ballack's representatives over the past week, with a view to sealing a $1.6 million one-season deal.

     

    Wanderers has filled its five Visa allocations already, but Ballack would still be able to qualify as a non-visa foreign player, eligible by residency in Australia.

     

    In a mouth-watering sub-plot to the A-League's first Sydney derby, Ballack and Del Piero would face off when the two clubs meet for the first time on Saturday 20 October at Parramatta Stadium, should the deal happen.

     

    Ballack is a veteran of 98 appearances for Germany, which he also captained. The 35-year-old midfielder was one of Roman Abramovich's first high profile recruitment coups joining Chelsea from Bayern Munich in 2006, before returning to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010.

     

    The news comes in a ground-breaking week of high profile signings for the A-League, with reports on Wednesday linking Newcastle Jets with the $1 million signing of English striker Emile Heskey on a one-year deal.

     

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    Tried to post this a bit earlier.....but app I'm not allowed to start a post ??? wtf ?

    Anyhoo...Ballack....add a bit of excitement....and it's the FFA's money !

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    With what money?

     

    Wasn't there a report that WSW had been given the green light to chase ADP by NRMA who would have cough up the dosh for him? Could it be the same with Ballack?

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    How does that fit with this from gorman:

     

    "Our connection with our community won’t ever be around the individual signing of one player. It will be around our ongoing contribution as a community asset and catalyst for change for young boys and girls in the Western Sydney region over a long and sustainable period of time. And that’s our brand equity."

     

    not saying it wont be great, but it doesnt fit with what they have said thus far

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    How does that fit with this from gorman:

     

    "Our connection with our community won’t ever be around the individual signing of one player. It will be around our ongoing contribution as a community asset and catalyst for change for young boys and girls in the Western Sydney region over a long and sustainable period of time. And that’s our brand equity."

     

    not saying it wont be great, but it doesnt fit with what they have said thus far

     

    That was all good and well up until Campbeltown and ADP, we need to generate more interest and if it's on the FFA's books then i'd run with it!

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    When you're a new club, you can make it up as you go along.... :xnod:

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    Good olde frank lowys money..

     

    Fk me dead.. I wish this is true and it happens!!

    For the sake of the league and us this would be massive!!

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    Oh. My. God.

     

    Ballack is the entire reason why I love football. I remember watching him in the 2002 WC and just loving his style of play and the way he led the team.

     

    My favourite player of all time and my footballing idol. I'd love for this to happen in oh so many ways...

     

    I have 4 jerseys of his: Germany 06, Chelsea FC 06/07, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen (the latter two with no name/number)

     

    Would be incredible for WSWFC, the A-League and football in Australia in general.

     

    :D

    Edited by MarcelFC

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    do not like him but i would love this so much

     

    how many bloody massive stars are coming to the A-league this season bring it on i am so excited

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    How does that fit with this from gorman:

     

    "Our connection with our community won’t ever be around the individual signing of one player. It will be around our ongoing contribution as a community asset and catalyst for change for young boys and girls in the Western Sydney region over a long and sustainable period of time. And that’s our brand equity."

     

    not saying it wont be great, but it doesnt fit with what they have said thus far

     

    He crew up north west of Sydney.... a effen long way north west of Sydney but who are we to judge

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    sick....if we get ballack i think he would have a bigger impact in the league than del piero...hope this is true and we get him what a derby it would be!!

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    How does that fit with this from gorman:

     

    "Our connection with our community won’t ever be around the individual signing of one player. It will be around our ongoing contribution as a community asset and catalyst for change for young boys and girls in the Western Sydney region over a long and sustainable period of time. And that’s our brand equity."

     

    not saying it wont be great, but it doesnt fit with what they have said thus far

     

    Yes but think about it.. Who better to teach the youth how to develop then a worldclass midfielder..

     

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    Not going to bother getting excited about this, SBS need to learn how to count to 5.

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    I have an inside source and the deal is pretty much 90% done.

     

    Do tell. Malaka

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    With what money?

     

    Wasn't there a report that WSW had been given the green light to chase ADP by NRMA who would have cough up the dosh for him? Could it be the same with Ballack?

     

    THIS THIS THIS THIS!

     

    I am losing my ****! Ballack, Del Piero and Heskey in the A-League - this is huge!

     

    All the RBB to the airport to meet him!

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    The NSW's based clubs appear to be going in hard and may be trying to generate other interest in the TV rights deal which is currently being negotiated.

    An extra % increase on the reported amount of 40 million, may paste over any defiencies that may be incurred by chasing headline marquee players to their squads.

    Gotta say thou, we asked the club to not sign any superannuation fund top up seeking, has a been, over the hill, marquee players.

    Ballack does not fit that description and would be a sensational acquisition for our midfield.

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    I have an inside source and the deal is pretty much 90% done.

     

    are you trolling bro haha

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    A second German player, what is this meant to be, Veztern Sydney Bavaria?

     

    But seriously, as much as I'd love us to sign him, I thought we didn't have the funds.

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    Melbourne Heart haven't been told of this rule on MQ not being included in the VISA spots.

     

    One of our VISA players has to leave for Ballack to come in.

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    i love how teams are trying to compete with each other for the best signing god damn i am excited just hope it doesnt bring a bunch of bandwagoners around but if it does i hope it can convert a few of them to real fans of the team exciting times for football in this country

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    Someone set up up a new online payment fund where we can pay to have Hersi's contract terminated. Hahaha

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    LOL. And you call us a faceless, corporate, 'Bling FC' football club. The irony if this is true is so monumentally overwhelming, I'm actually lost for words. Your club, The FFA and Gormless Gorman have bloody lied to you, and every other football supporter in this country. No doubt it would be an asset to the league overall though. (I support this, don't get me wrong) But. . . .

     

    "We have no money", "We are not about big signings, unlike our cross town counterparts, we engage the community" etc. . . . - These things were said by those directly involved with your club. (Not direct quotes, but much the like)

     

    What utter bullshit. If this happens, take a step back, and see if you can still call yourselves the 'club for the working class'

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    I have an inside source and the deal is pretty much 90% done.

     

    are you trolling bro haha

     

    He isn't....

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    I have an inside source and the deal is pretty much 90% done.

     

    are you trolling bro haha

     

    He isn't....

    i like all this inside information, wish i was privy to some of it :P

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