During an interview with Marca, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger confessed that he misses the epic matches between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
During Real Madrid’s dark ages when they didn’t win a single Champions League trophy for more than a decade, Bayern Munich was their most feared rival and Bastian Schweinsteiger remembers it quite well.
The German midfielder is currently enjoying his retirement years in the MLS, he plays for Chicago Fire and confirmed that he still has the will to keep playing for a few more years.
Amongst his plans to come back to football once he’s hung up his boots, Schweinsteiger revealed that his plans are directly linked to a future as one of Bayern Munich’s board members and he will let the world know when he reached a decision.
The Bavarian club considers him a legend, which is why they won’t hesitate to offer him a position inside the club once he decides to retire.
The midfielder is arguably one of Bayern Munich and Germany’s most revered players, he didn’t only win a treble with the German giants back in 2013 after beating Borussia Dortmund in the final.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was also part of the Germany squad that won that historic 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
This man has won everything a player can win for both club and country, except the European Championship.
"De los españoles de mi generación me quedo con Xavi y Ramos" https://t.co/XlHRs4Zm8u
— MARCA (@marca) February 5, 2019
Amongst the fondest memories he has, is the never-ending rivalry his club had with that Real Madrid squad that wasn’t able to win any Champions League trophies until 2014.
Back when Los Blancos were better known as the ‘Galacticos’ with Zinedine Zidane as their top player, Bastian Schweinsteiger was only starting to build his career and he remembers the most epic matches his side played against the Spanish club.
“I remember perfectly the first time, in 2003, at the Bernabeu,” said Bastian on Marca.
“I came on in the second half and played against [Zinedine] Zidane, who scored a good goal five minutes later.”
“They won 1-0. Playing against Zizou helped me a lot later because I watched how he moved and protected the ball.”
“It was impossible to replicate it though, yet I did learn a lot from those things.”
“Yes, we were their arch-rivals. People liked to see that rivalry between two greats and we respected each other a lot. We won and lost but I enjoyed playing in Madrid.”
“I always appreciated the game of Angel Di Maria. I remember the semi-final we lost 4-0 at home. He was the best, so difficult to stop.”
Schweinsteiger: “I remember perfectly the first time, in 2003, at the Bernabeu. I came on in the second half and played against Zidane, who scored a good goal five minutes later. They won 1-0. Playing against Zizou helped me a lot.” pic.twitter.com/p2JdM78p1a
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) February 5, 2019
Out of all the memories on the international level, Schweinsteiger obviously holds the 2014 World Cup success close to his heart, but he will never forget the 2010 World Cup semifinal against Spain for a specific reason.
During that match there was a single player who could be considered the hero of the match, that man was defender Carles Puyol and his potent header that gave Spain the semifinal ticket.
Germany was coming from another frustrating effort against Spain back in 2008 during the European Championship, that squad lost the final and was looking for revenge but wasn’t able to find it.
Although destiny smiled upon Bastian and his teammates four years later, that scar will remain on his memory forever because of how close they were to beating the legendary Spain national team.
Germany was one of the only two squads that really made La Roja suffer during the match, Bastian has some great memories to tell his grandchildren when he is old.
The tales of how he faced some of the best teams or players in football history, and he pretty much always lost.
Preseason also means that it is time for some new movies and series. Any suggestions? pic.twitter.com/9FkOO6zxeE
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) February 1, 2019
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