On August 28th the Chicago Fire will take part in a Testimonial Match for Bastian Schweinsteiger in Munich with his boyhood club Bayern Munich. Schweinsteiger will play one half with his old club Bayern Munich and the other with his new club the Chicago Fire.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is a legend at Bayern Munich. He signed as a youth player in July of 1998. As a member of the Senior team he won eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, One German Super cup and one UEFA campions League Title.
Schweinsteiger began his international Career in June 2004 in a friendly and has gone to earn more than 100 caps for Germany. He helped Germany win the World Cup in 2014and finish third in 2006 and 2010. He was a part of the teams that finished second in the UEFA Championship in 2008 and third in the 2005 Confederations Cup.
Schweinsteiger has won numerous individual honors in his career. He won many awards in 2010, FIFA World Cup Dream Team, 2010 World Cup Most Assists, German player of the Year. He was named to the FIFA World Pro 11 twice. As part of the Chicago Fire he was named to the Major League Soccer All Stars in 2017.
Schweinsteiger left Bayern Munich in Germany for Manchester United in England in 2015. He made limited appearances for the club. In 2016 under new manager Jose Mourinho he was demoted to training with the Under 23 team and only made Senior team appearances in Cup matches. This set up his move to his current club the Chicago Fire in the United States.
Schweinsteiger made an instant impression upon his arrival in Chicago, about 500 people showed up at the airport to welcome him. His first press conference exploded social media when asked if he could “help the Fire win the World Cup.
Schweinsteiger made his first appearance for the Fire on April 1, 2017 scoring a goal in his debut a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact. He helped the club return to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years and finish third in the table.
His Fire teammates are very eager to honor the soccer legend in his testimonial match. Fellow Fire Midfielder Michael De Leeuw had this to say about his friend and teammate.
Fire rookie Mo Adams spoke about being drafted and learning he would be playing with the Fire and sharing a training field and locker room with the German Legend. He is very excited to play in one the great stadiums in the World in Munich.
Bastian Schweinsteiger felt like he never had a chance to say a proper goodbye to his beloved fans in Munich when he left so on August 28th he will return to Allianz arena the home of Bayern Munich to say that proper Goodbye. He recorded this for his fans in Germany.
So will this be Schweinsteiger’s final match? Will he announce his retirement at the end of the Fire’s season or will he return for one more season to help the Fire finally win a trophy?