Bastian on Basketball
Sport Eagle TV Exclusive – Bastian Schweinsteiger talks Basketball
Bastian Schweinsteiger has become the face of German soccer, the foundation of both Bayern Munich and the “Nationalelf” the German National Team. He is considered one of the most talented footballers, leading both club to many titles and country to the cusp of world and European greatness.
But like all athletes, Schweinsteiger is also a spectator of sport and his passion is basketball. For the past three seasons, he has enjoyed Bayern Basketball and the German professional basketball leagues from his courtside seat. Sometimes even from the broadcast booth.
BEKO-BBL.tv’s Ivana Jagla had a chance to catch up with Schweinsteiger during the first round of the German league playoffs between Bayern Basketball and ALBA Berlin and talk about the growth of the game in Munich and in Germany and his “Dream Team” of footballers that he would coach.
This year maybe the season Schweinsteiger can solidify his legacy by leading FC Bayern Munich to a historic treble, the first Bundesliga club to do so. He was part of the team three years ago that were in a similar position, already winning the league and domestic cup but falling short in the Champions League Final to Inter Milan.
Last year was devastating for Bastian and the club, losing the European final on home turf to Chelsea FC in penalty kicks. He missed one of the attempts during the shootout. And Bayern finished a rare season without a trophy.
The loss last year drove the team this season, and it has led them to a record-breaking year, clinching the club’s 23rd league title the first week of April. This allowed them to focus on beating one of the most successful clubs in recent European history, FC Barcelona. Bayern destroyed the Catalans 7-0 over two legs in the Champions League semifinals, and make them the prohibitive favorite at the final in Wembley on May 25th.
Bastian’s heartbreak continues on the international level, as the German National team has fallen short at the last two World Cups, losing both times in the semifinals in 2006 (again on home soil) and 2010. At the Euros in 2008, they lost to Spain in the finals, and upended again by the Italians in 2012 after losing to their neighbors in the magical summer of ’06. Heading into the next World Cup in Brazil, Schweinsteiger is one of the veteran leaders of the second ranked nation and again, a favorite to win it all.
The tears of disappointment can harden into the metal of trophies starting in London against league and fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund, and ending in South America in 2014.
Listen to Talking Fussball, the podcast covering the Bundesliga and the German National Team on Sport Eagle, with special coverage of the Champions League Final between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Video and highlights courtesy of BEKO Basketball Bundesliga. Special thanks to Sven Simon and Ivana Jagla.
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