The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil was one of the most entertaining tournaments in the history of the competition as the Germany triumphed in the final over Argentina thanks to a Mario Götze goal in the 113th minute. Die Mannschaft’s success in Brazil was thanks largely in part to the country’s collective grassroots approach to revamping their youth programs, famously dubbed “Das Reboot.” Of course, that World-Cup-winning squad included a bevvy of Bayern Munich, players including Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jerome Boaeng, and Philipp Lahm, among others.
Schweinsteiger in particular gave an incredible individual performance in the final, and images of him soldiering on with a cut below his right eye just about sum up his fighting, never-say-die spirit.
Former Bayern president Uli Hoeness had to watch the final while he was serving jail time for tax evasion, but he recently spoke about his experience watching it and seeing Schweinsteiger in an interview after the match (Bild). The midfielder gave a special, personal shout out to Hoeness, thanking him for everything he’d done at Bayern.
Hoeness revealed that the moment nearly made him jump off of his bed: “It yanked me right out of bed, because it was one of the most memorable experiences that I’ve ever had. That he would have this idea in that moment, it was — wow — unbelievable.”
Of course, Hoeness and Schweinsteiger already had an incredibly strong relationship from the Fußballgott’s 13 years with Bayern prior to the 2014 World Cup. Hoeness’s comments will appear in the documentary that’s coming out about Schweinsteiger’s career, entitled “Schw31ns7eiger: Memories – von Anfang bis Legende.” The documentary will be available June 5th on Amazon Prime. The documentary also features interviews and remarks from some of his former teammates at Bayern and Die Mannschaft, as well as former Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes and German National Team manager Joachim Löw.