Tuesday 23 January 2018

Bastian Schweinsteiger handled being asked if Chicago Fire could win the World Cup rather well

By Edward Dracott

Some in the US are clearly still a little bit lacking in their “soccer” knowledge…

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move from Manchester United to Chicago Fire in the United States was never going to be a step up in footballing pedigree.

However, after his move was officially completed on Wednesday, he probably didn’t expect this to become so clear at just his first press conference. Here’s the German World Cup winner being asked if the Major League Soccer club could win a World Cup of their own…

Just in case it wasn’t immediately and glaringly clear what was wrong with that question – Chicago Fire is a football club, not a country such as Germany which competes in the World Cup.

All in all, Schweinsteiger handled the question rather well, managing to laugh it off and give a pretty encouraging answer about playing “match by match” despite being asked twice by the journalist – whom you’ve got to wonder how they ended up at the conference in the first place.

Some thought it didn’t bode well for the current state of the beautiful game in the US.

While others wondered if there was another competition the 32-year-old could impossibly secure for the Fire…

Clever Andy, very clever. Sounds like Bastian has some work to do.

The club clearly has a sense of humour as well though. Here’s what they posted shortly after the press briefing…


After having spent some time on the sidelines at Old Trafford, we’re sure Schweinsteiger will be relishing the opportunity for more first team football – and with Russia 2018 round the corner, who knows what this playing time in Chicago could do for the retired captain.

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