Bayern Munich’s basketball coach, Dirk Bauermann, told AFP that he would have welcomed the soccer star onto the basketball court in 2011.
“With five games remaining, we won the championship (in 2011) and Bastian Schweinsteiger could have actually played for us at the time,” Bauermann wrote in his book.
Schweinsteiger enjoys going to Bayern Munich basketball games with his model girlfriend, Sarah Brandner.
According to Bauermann, there were discussions about having Schweinsteiger join the basketball team at the German club. The possibility of injuries played a big role in the team’s ultimate decision, though.
“The fact Schweinsteiger would not play for us was ultimately one of common sense, imagine if he was knocked down or injured,” said Bauermann. “There were just too many unpredictable risks.”
Schweinsteiger’s soccer team sits in third place, trailing Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund by just four points.
Bayern Munich plays in the first-leg of a UEFA Champions League match Wednesday afternoon, against FC Basel of Switzerland. Schweinsteiger is injured and will not participate.
Watch Schweinsteiger show off his basketball skills in the video below.
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