Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Watch an American reporter ask Bastian Schweinsteiger if he can help Chicago Fire win the World Cup

-.png

Not many footballing careers are as illustrious as Bastian Schweinsteiger’s. 

Eight Bundesliga titles, 121 international caps, a Champions League trophy, a World Cup and a handful of League Cup cameos for Manchester United – the German maestro has pretty much done it all. 

But as the 32 year-old joins Chicago Fire in the MLS, he faces arguably his biggest challenge yet. Can Bastian Schweinsteiger achieve the impossible – like, actually, literally impossible – and guide the Men in Red to a winning the most prestigious trophy in the game – the World Cup? 

“Errr… umm… but… how… I’m lost here, lads”, says you, and us, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was genuinely asked this very question at his press unveiling. 

In a strange exchange that won’t contribute to putting to bed that old “America at large is still utterly clueless about football” cliche, the reporter asked if his addition to the squad meant it was ‘a fair expectation to see a World Cup competition come out of Chicago’.

The decorated midfielder, understandably, looked well and truly baffled. 

Not really a fair expectation, to be honest, mate. Club officials promptly interjected to explain that the journalist could be referring to the Club World Club (still an absolutely outrageous proposition, by the way). But no, he decided to rephrase his question, as if Schweinsteiger was the only one confused here, and asked again: “Do you expect, now that you’re here Bastian, that a World Cup goal for Chicago Fire is a realistic expectation?” 

Schewini couldn’t keep a straight face, leading General Manager Nelson Rodríguez to jump in and clear up once and for all that Chicago Fire would not be competing in Russia next summer. He managed to steer the conversation towards the club’s MLS chances, at which point their marquee signing expertly morphed into Very Media Trained Footballer mode and reeled off one of those long passages about winning the next game and everything being possible in football. You know how it goes down. 

Shame the FIFA rules can’t be adjusted, though. Schweinsteiger’s retirement from Germany duty in the summer means he’d have been cleared to try and double his World Cup winners’ medal collection and write Chicago Fire’s name into the history books forever.  

Related

ronnie .jpg

The very best memes of Cristiano Ronaldo's hilariously terrible statue

rexfeatures_5600201bi.jpg

Which Premier League team has the worst fans?

nintchdbpict000311210925.jpg

San Diego could vote to name its new soccer team 'Footy McFooty Face'

More

Sergio Ramos just mercilessly destroyed Lionel Messi

Best in the world? Go fetch mate

by Carl Anka
17 Aug 2017

The 25 best forgotten Premier League goals of all time

Sorry, but these are all better than that Bergkamp goal

by Tom Victor
15 Aug 2017

The Premier League could make the transfer change we've all been after

Fi-na-lly

by Tom Victor
15 Aug 2017

This ref-cam video from Real Madrid's recent game is very, very cool

Shows just how impossible their job is

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

Mo Farah is ditching his name for his new career as a marathon runner

Retiring from track and retiring his name

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

The 50 greatest José Mourinho quotes

Not short of self-confidence

by Tom Victor
11 Aug 2017

Which new Premier League signings will flop this season?

Who'll be a hit and who will be shit?

by Sam Diss
11 Aug 2017

Brutally honest stereotypes about every Premier League team's fans

Who are ya? Who are ya? Who are ya?

by Sam Diss
10 Aug 2017

You have to watch this astonishing 15-second own goal

The other team doesn't even touch the ball

by Tom Victor
10 Aug 2017

We got Michael Owen to review the few movies he’s ever finished

"Didn’t like Rocky I, it’s rubbish"

by Alex Christian
10 Aug 2017