Former German midfielder who played for Chelsea and Bayern Munich amongst other teams while serving as captain of the German national team; named UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in 2002 and German Footballer of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2005; became a sports analyst for ESPN after retirement.
He began his youth career with Chemnitz in 1983.
He had a very successful career with the German national team, scoring 2 game-winning goals to help lead Germany to the World Cup finals in 2002, and also took the team to the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup.
He had three children with his wife Simone Lambe.
He played alongside Frank Lampard on Chelsea from 2006 to 2010.