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Schweinsteiger: Americans 'Play Very Hard'
FIFA.com, August 18th, 2014 4:10PM

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TAGS:  bayern munich, germany, mls, portland timbers

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In an interview with FIFA.com, injured Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger recalls recent tough battles with American players at both the World Cup in Brazil and at the MLS All-Star game. The 30-year-old was part of Germany’s World Cup winning team, which beat the USA 1-0 in the group stage, as well as the Bayern squad that lost 2-1 to the MLS All-Stars in Portland on Aug 6.

“It was not easy in Brazil against the States,” Schweinsteiger said. “They play very hard. It is not easy to play against an American team, and (in Portland against the All-Stars) it was the same thing.” The center midfielder, who came off injured during the All-Star game, said he bore no ill will toward Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson, whose late tackle ultimately sidelined the Bayern vice captain. “It was a hard game and in my mind that’s soccer. In America they play like this. It’s OK.”

Meanwhile, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola on Monday revealed that Schweinsteiger is actually set for an indefinite spell on the sidelines due to injuries he’s been carrying since last season. Bayern team doctor Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfart said the German international would be out of action for at least six weeks.

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4 comments
  1. Karl Schreiber
    commented on: August 18, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.
    I have (tried to) send this comment to FIFA: It is very unfortunate that FIFA has published this comment by an internationally well-known player, someone with clout but also someone who does NOT have a comprehensive picture of “American” soccer! I don’t recall if Schweinsteiger actually played in the USA v. GER game during the World Cup; but I do recall that it was a game without the blatant fouls we saw in many other games. It was a game that the Germans just barely won even though they seemed to dominate play. The game of Bayern Munich v. MLS Selection in Portland, Oregon, was overall a very fair game with one unfortunate bad foul and another blatantly bad foul. Unfortunately, Schweinsteiger got hurt in the second unfair tackle – by a CANADIAN player, Will Johnson. Schweinsteiger has been working hard to find back to his old class for a long time. I wish him the best! He should not let his frustration cloud his judgment. And FIFA should not give space to someone airing unjust comments out of personal frustration. -> Your views??

  1. G O
    commented on: August 19, 2014 at 1:39 p.m.
    Yes, Karl. I am not sure what is difficult to understand about All-Star. Means many nationalities will be on the pitch for the team FC Bayern are facing in Portland. Doesn't everyone know that Terri Henri is...French? I wouldn't be too concerned about Bastian Schweinsteiger. His legs, body and mind are ready for a rest. It will do him good. It would be incredibly difficult now to come off the high of Brazil and give routine Bundesliga and the opening CL matches one's all - out best. This will do him good. Plus it is what a lot of these top older stars do. When one sees Robben or Ribery go down for a bit, they don't rush their recovery. They really do time it to peak again in late February or early March. Too soon and one is whipped and wiped out by early April, when the season's deciders for cup, national league and the CL take place. Schweinsteiger looked injured in the World Cup final; I am sure he was. So this is an inevitable rest to mend mind and body.

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: August 20, 2014 at 8:12 a.m.
    Karl, so what you're suggesting is censorship, right? If someone makes a comment someone else might object to, let's not publish it? The most horrible thing Schweinsteiger said was that Americans play "hard". Clearly something that should not be allowed to see the light of day!

  1. Tim Gibson
    commented on: August 20, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.
    Skru Schweinsteiger. Our league has been talked down on long enough by the Euros & MLS continues trying really hard to gain respect in the International community. MLS has improved dramatically in the past few years & continues to do so in leaps & bounds. Any Euro club that comes here now should take heart, "In MLS exhibitions, there is no such thing as a Friendly" until you take us seriously! *draws a line in the sand*


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