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Another question, In South Africa Ballack and Frings will be 34, do you see them coming back or do you think the Euro is the end for them?

I would say so. But on the other hand, Jens Lehmann with his 36 years has proven that the "golden years" might be yet to come in the life of a sportsman.

But remembering the embarrassing performances Lothar Matthäus "achieved" during his last years as national player, I'm not too sure whether it's possible for a field player to reach his peak even with 34.

That's why it was so absolutely bitter for Michael Ballack that he has never played in a World Cup final and was denied this opportunity also this time -- probably the last opportunity in his career.

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I would say so. But on the other hand, Jens Lehmann with his 36 years has proven that the "golden years" might be yet to come in the life of a sportsman.

But remembering the embarrassing performances Lothar Matthäus "achieved" during his last years as national player, I'm not too sure whether it's possible for a field player to reach his peak even with 34.

That's why it was so absolutely bitter for Michael Ballack that he has never played in a World Cup final and was denied this opportunity also this time -- probably the last opportunity in his career.

Zidane and Thuran are both 34 and playing well. I would really think it depends on what happens at the European Championships. If Germany wins it which is absolutely possible with this team plus 2 years than they may not have the desire to continue like Figo, Zidane and Thuran after 2004 and the fact France wasn't playing well in qualification.

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Goalkeepers usually can play at toplevel for a lot longer than "normal" players. Quite a lot of them don't even reach their peak till their mid thirties whereas most fieldplayers are done once they reach age 33/34. Zidane is playing great at the moment but he hardly showed anything for his team Madrid these last 2 seasons.

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