Christian was a regular feature down the German left flank in the early games of the tournament, missing only one game due to suspension up to the quarter-final stage.
After the quarter-final win over the USA, manager Rudi Voller elected to shuffle his pack slightly and Christian found himself on the bench as the Germans overcame co-hosts South Korea to reach the final - much to the surprise of the German media corps who predicted a short stay in the Far East.
"With a bit of time passed since the World Cup, and having been on holiday, you think about a lot of things.
"It was amazing, we had a fantastic World Cup and it was a lot of fun and to go through to the final is a big thing.
"Until after the quarter-final we were getting a lot of stick from the press in Germany - they never expected us to get past the first stage! Before the quarter-final they were still giving us stick but we were getting stronger and stronger and went to the final.
"Then they turned around a little bit.
"You should have seen the people in Germany though, the reception when we came back was amazing."
The elegant wing-back played a small part in the final as a substitute, but his omission from the side in the first place was still a devastating blow.
"It was definitely one of the most disappointing moments in my career. If you play the quarter-final and go, through then to have to stay out of the semi-final against South Korea in front of 80,000 people is really disappointing.
"Even in the final I just came on, but there were a lot of players who didn't get to play. In our team there was a player who didn't play one minute - so he went eight weeks without playing.
"That's football though.
"I came on in the final, had a chance and maybe I should have put that one in the goal, but it is not my thing to come on in a game. I like to start, but I think everybody likes to start.
"It was hard for him (Voller) to explain it. I talked to him after the World Cup again, but he thought he just had to change something and I was unlucky."
By Richard Hubbard
Christian Ziege returned to Spurs Lodge and reflected on a World Cup that provided an 'amazing' experience, but also his biggest disappointment.