Former Germany captain Michael Ballack, without a club since leaving Bayer Leverkusen at the end of last season, should get his coaching badges, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has recommended.
"He has the capability and intelligence to be a coach," Voeller told Sport Bild newspaper, adding that he had suggested Ballack 'get his badges' after the last match of the 2011-2012 season.
The 35-year-old Ballack, capped 98 times by Germany, has fallen off the football radar since leaving Leverkusen, which he joined in 2010 after four years with English Premier League club Chelsea.
This northern summer he was linked with a move to the MLS, while working for US sports channel ESPN as a pundit for EURO 2012.
German football is mourning the death of two former internationals with both Ottmar Walter and Heinz Flohe passing away overnight.