In which Herr Ballack discusses – in German, with English subtitles, mind – his World Cup memories with FIFA.com, plus what chance a Germany win in Brazil this summer.
Belgium's third-choice goalkeeper Koen Casteels will miss the rest of the domestic season and also the World Cup after breaking his shin playing for his club Hoffenheim against Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Lionel, would you mind taking a pic of me with my hero? Er, ok then…
Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck can already start thinking about their choice of in-flight entertainment - bar any injuries they are all certainties to be on the plane to Brazil.
FIFA and the national football associations of the UK should put pressure on Qatar to improve the "sub-human" working conditions of thousands of migrant labourers building facilities for the 2022 World Cup, Labour's shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy has said.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, who has his own hopes of playing for England in Brazil this summer, has spoken of his sadness at team-mate Jay Rodriguez's serious-looking knee injury.
Jay Rodriguez's World Cup hopes are in serious doubt after sustaining a knee injury which manager Mauricio Pochettino admits "does not look good" for the Southampton attacker.
Australia face an uphill battle to collect a single point from Group B, let alone qualify for the second round. Here, Chris Mendes takes a closer look at the man likely to skipper the Socceroos in Brazil.