Dubbed the “second runner-up”, the former German captain lost all the most important finals in his football career. It all started in 2002. Back then, Ballack and Bayer Leverkusen lost the Bundesliga championship in the final round. After that, they lost to Schalke in the German National Cup final. Ballack and Leverkusen continued to lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. By the summer, Ballack brought Germany to the World Cup final but lost to Brazil.
In 2008, the nightmare returned to Ballack when he lost to Manchester United with Chelsea in the Champions League final. After that, Ballack’s Germany lost to Spain in the Euro final. Having played for Kaiserslautern, Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, Ballack won 13 career titles and lost six finals.
If Ballack is the “second king” of players, Cuper is the “second king” in the coach village. He won the CONMEBOL Cup with Lanus Club in 1996 and won two Spanish Super Cups with Mallorca in 1998 and Valencia in 1999. But Cuper lost six other major finals.
When leading Mallorca, he lost to Barca in the 1998 King’s Cup final and lost to Lazio in the 1999 Cup Winners’ Cup final (the predecessor of the Europa League). At Valencia, Cuper suffered an even greater tragedy. He lost two consecutive Champions League finals in 1999 and 2000. Cuper also lost the Serie A championship and Inter season 2002-2003, lost to the 2010 Greek National Cup final and the European Cup final. Africa 2017 with Egypt.
Alessandro Del Piero
Del Piero is one of the most talented players in Italian football history. Along with Juventus, he experienced the glory but also tasted bitterness.
Del Piero won 15 titles with Juventus and remained with the club even when he had to play in Serie B because of the Calciopoli scandal. He won the 1996 Champions League but lost three finals to this tournament in the following years: 1997, 1998 and 2003. In the Italy team, Del Piero lost to the Euro 2000 final but then won the 2006 World Cup.