Bastian Schweinsteiger was visibly taken by surprise. Actually, he had just picked up the prize as "Icon of Sports" and after a few words of thanks wanted to leave the stage of the Komische Oper in Berlin again. But the resolute presenter Barbara Schöneberger left the World Cup 2014 footballer to play a game – and then Schweinsteiger lost his way. Within five seconds he should name three things that spontaneously come to him on certain topics. And the first topic was just the current predicament at his former club Bayern Munich. The buzzer sounded without the club icon even losing a word. "Sometimes it's better not to say anything," said Schweinsteiger with a grin.
Even otherwise, the 34-year-old said during his brief visit to Germany for the "Men of the Year" Awards of the men's magazine GQ not much. Nothing to the summit of Bayern weekend in Dortmund. Nothing to the national team that is threatened by descent in the League of Nations. Nothing to national coach Joachim Loew, which is controversial since the World Cup debacle. Nothing about his sporting future, which is open after two seasons at Chicago Fire in the North American Major League Soccer (MLS).
The fact that Schweinsteiger exchanges the lawn for the red carpet after his active career is hard to imagine. The Bavarian obviously did not feel well in the flurry of flashlights, even if his wife Ana Schweinsteiger-Ivanovic was at his side. "I am very happy that my wife Ana accompanied me, that means a lot to me," said Schweinsteiger. The former tennis player gave her husband a kiss for the warm words.
The eight-month-old son was watched by his grandparents that evening. Before the event, the parents insured in a video chat that everything is fine at home. About his father's happiness Schweinsteiger had recently told the picture: "We sleep less, have to change full diapers, but the birth of the child is the best thing that can happen to you."
Schweinsteiger hinted in front of some 850 invited guests that he and his family would eventually move to Germany. Maybe even in his Upper Bavarian homeland Kolbenmoor. "But I do not know exactly when," said Schweinsteiger: "I am very close to home, and my family lives there too." With his urbane wife, he would not have any problems because of this: "She loves nature." The game, which played Schweinsteiger together with laudator Marcel Reif on the stage of the Komische Oper, the footballer was also asked, which three things are better in Germany than in the US. "Driving, family and food," was his answer.