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Michael Ballack makes his professional debut

Michael Ballack began his career as a youth at Chemnitzer FC, his local team, and made his professional debut in 1995. In 1996, Ballack made his debut for Germany's under-21 side. Although the team was relegated in his first season, his performances in the Regionalliga the following season led to a transfer to 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

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