Monday 5 December 2016

Family of Berkeley victim meet his hero

Published 08/10/2015 | 02:30

Bastian Schweinsteiger with, from left, Alexei, John and Graziella Schuster at the Aviva Stadium yesterday Photo: David Maher
Bastian Schweinsteiger with, from left, Alexei, John and Graziella Schuster at the Aviva Stadium yesterday Photo: David Maher
Niccolai Schuster with German star Bastian Schweinsteiger

This is the emotional moment when the heartbroken family of Niccolai Schuster - who lost his life in the Berkeley tragedy - came face-to-face with his sporting idol.

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The young student was among six who lost their lives when an apartment complex balcony collapsed in California during a 21st birthday party last June.

The 'sports mad' Dubliner was an avid fan of German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger, so much so that his friends wore Bayern Munich jerseys at his funeral in Rathgar.

Yesterday, the new Manchester United midfielder took time out before squad training at the Aviva Stadium to meet the young man's family.

He happily posed for photographs and was regaled with stories of the 21-year-old's love of the sports star.

Niccolai's brother, Alexei, wearing Germany's soccer tracksuit top, was all smiles when he was handed a specially commissioned Bayern Munich jersey, with the name 'Nick' and the number one emblazoned on the back.

Irish Independent

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