In Bavaria, he is loved, adored, even worshipped, and he managed to create a cult-like, frenzied following that culminated in him being christened ‘Fußballgott.’ A term reserved only for the most charismatic and enigmatic players thus cementing his status as an inductee into the Hall of Fame of the greatest German players who have defined an era alongside the likes of Lothar Matthaus & Franz Beckenbauer.
The Bavarian icon ‘Bastian Schweinsteiger’ returns home to the Allianz Arena for one last hurrah & don his iconic #31 and officially say farewell to FC Bayern and the club’s fans where he made his reputation…and what a reputation! His testimonial on 28 August will see ‘Schweini’ play a half for the Bundesliga champions and the other half for his current side, the MLS franchise Chicago Fire, giving his adoring Bayern fans one more chance to worship their Fußballgott.
The match, which was announced via a video from ‘Schweini’ himself on a big screen in the stadium before Bayern’s Matchday 20 encounters with Hoffenheim, will be played on 28 August 2018. “I’m delighted to be able to run out at the Allianz Arena again,” Schweinsteiger said. “I hope to meet a lot of Bayern fans again who have accompanied me since the start of my career. I’m especially looking forward to seeing the south stand because we always had a special relationship.”
“Bastian Schweinsteiger had an extraordinary career with Bayern and helped shape an extremely successful era at the club,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “His fantastic personality made him an essential part of the Bayern family, and he’ll always be part of it. There was no question for us that we wanted to say thank you to such a worthy player with a farewell game.”
After making his Bundesliga debut against Stuttgart by replacing current Bayern boss Niko Kovac in December 2002, ‘Schweini’ joined the pantheon of Bayern legends, making 342 Bundesliga appearances that brought 45 goals and 70 assists. 8 Bundesliga titles, 7 DFB Pokal Cups, a Champions League, a FIFA Club World Cup and finally the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Schweinsteiger’s career was resplendent in glory, 26 major triumphs in total which would envy any footballer One of the most decorated players in German football history, he also went on to win the UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, and English League Cup while at Manchester United.
Described as the “ultimate professional” by the Dutchman Louis Van Gaal, he proved it when Jose Mourinho promptly consigned Schweinsteiger to train with the Manchester United youth team without so much as a grumble from the German superstar. “He’s in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him, I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a good influence in training – a very good influence,” said Mourinho, who made a rare apology to Schweinsteiger. “
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s straight-backed magnificence when he stared ahead from the end of the lineup induced an air of inevitability to the final result when opponents lined up in the tunnel. That air of royalty that surrounded him with the aura of invincibility focused as if he was in another world, another time, another realm, The world of the Gods,