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BFW attends Bastian Schweinsteiger’s induction into the FC Bayern Hall of Fame

It was an amazing experience seeing Bayern Munich’s own Fußballgott return home to be inducted among the ranks of Bayern’s legends ahead of his farewell match with the Chicago Fire.

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 27: Bastian Schweinsteiger is admitted in the FC Bayern Muenchen Hall of Fame with the traditional red Bavarian Janker Jacket at FCB Erlebniswelt Museum Allianz Arena on August 27, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

The Fußballgott is back and Schweinsteiger described it as a “super feeling.” Basti, the feeling is mutual.

You could tell that there was a special atmosphere building up even before Schweinsteiger’s arrival. When he took the stage to unveil his star and receive his jacket, it didn’t feel like a media event or an “obligatory process” for someone who has spent a lot of time there; it felt like a family event.

You could tell that Schweinsteiger was back home. He told the audience,

It’s really, really nice to have been back at Säbener Straße and today at the Allianz Arena.

Asked whether he missed Germany, he added,

Yes, of course, I miss Germany, and especially Munich, Bayern. You miss certain things. It’s beautiful in America. It’s different, but you miss small things like the lakes, the mountains, the air, the food a bit too, and of course family and friends.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge fondly recalled the time when Schweinsteiger first arrived at the club:

I first noticed him around 20 years ago when he came to FC Bayern. He was in the youth division at the time and he became German champion both with the U17, the B-Juniors, and then with the A-Juniors, now the U19 team. And particularly in the final against VfB Stuttgart, I can still recall — Uli and I were there — you saw that it was a fantastic team and from this team there were some players who came up — or rather who made the leap to the first team and found their place under Ottmar Hitzfeld and Louis van Gaal.

Hoeness reflected on how deeply moved he was by the fact that Schweinsteiger had singled him out specifically for thanks after he won the World Cup:

It was a special situation for me at the time. For me it was incredibly — almost touching that a player who had just won the World Cup had nothing better to do other than greet me. That was really a fine thing.

But while the event threatened to end in tears of nostalgia all around, there were of course the obligatory parts of the ceremony to be performed, starting with the unveiling of Schweinsteiger’s Hall of Fame star:

Bastian unveils his star

Bastian Schweinsteiger unveils his star in Bayern Munich's Hall of Fame.

Posted by Bavarian Football Works on Monday, August 27, 2018

That was followed by Schweinteiger receiving his red “Bayern legends” Bavarian jacket. The verdict? “The jacket fits”:

Bastian receives his jacket

Bastian Schweinsteiger receives his red Bayern Legends jacket at Säbener Straße.

Posted by Bavarian Football Works on Monday, August 27, 2018

You can experience a full walkthrough of the events, with further quotes from all involved, in the photo gallery below:

What remained after the event was a very satisfying feeling: for all the business and politics of football, when you sometimes feel that there no longer is a strong relationship between clubs and their players, there is still a human side to be found. Bastian Schweinsteiger embodies that for Bayern Munich.

What you could really feel was that Schweinsteiger, whose career had been significantly shaped by the two men flanking him, had a great appreciation for them and vice versa. The idea that he could potentially be part of a duo to succeed Bayern’s current two leaders was never so vivid. Perhaps he will take over from Hoeness and Lahm from Rumenigge in time, it certainly doesn’t seem like a crazy or overly “romantic” idea.

Basti: Mia san Mia, you always will be part of FCB.

—Paddy P, reporting from the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.

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