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MICHAEL BALLACK is selling 40 of his old, match-worn shirts to help raise cash for skint first club Chemnitzer FC.
Chemnitzer finished 17th in the Bundesliga 3 in 2019-20 – and were relegated to the fourth-tier of German football.
Now, Ballack is selling 40 of his jerseys – worn for Germany, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen – to help his first club survive.
Ballack’s 14 years at the club covered spells in the youth team, through to the second XI and eventually the first team.
And he placed a minimum bid of £180 on each jersey – with some now going for over £1,000, including his Germany shirt from Euro 2008.
Chemnitzer, in the former East Germany, need around £400,000 to survive and, according to a club statement, the sales have already raised close to £300,000.
While many players avoid the “unlucky” number, Ballack explained why he always wanted to have it.
“I have no problem with this. I am not superstitious. I like the number and one player in the team has to wear the 13.
“And it has to be a strong one because he has to deal with the number.
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