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Michael Ballack touts Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich to take over as captain for Germany

Kimmich as captain?

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Germany has a lot of issues, but respect for the captain of the football team — Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer — does not appear to be one of them.

Neuer is widely liked and known as a true leader of the squad. Former Germany great Michael Ballack, however, thinks that it might be a good time to shake things up by naming fiery midfielder Joshua Kimmich as the new captain.

We already have heard that Hansi Flick plans to keep Neuer in place as captain, but Ballack states that he would not rule out changing the title and further enhancing Kimmich’s role within the team:

Sure, changing a captain at the same time a new coach is looking to turn the page on the past is not the worst idea, but the timing of a move like this would likely do more harm than good.

Given Neuer’s reputation and popularity among his peers and opponents alike, making such a move would probably not be a great idea as one of Flick’s first changes.