Bastian Schweinsteiger Punctuates Bayern Career Perfectly In Munich

On a night in Munich when the focus of the festivities was anything but the soccer itself, Bastian Schweinsteiger did what Bastian Schweinsteiger does best: He dazzled us. 

Bayern Munich and the Chicago Fire faced off at Allianz Arena today to celebrate the truly legendary career of Schweinsteiger. The German is one of those rare players for whom essentially no superlative is hyperbolic. Whether considering the dynamics of his game, the veritable treasure chest of trophies that he’s accrued over the years — DFB-Pokal, Bundesliga, Champions League, and of course World Cup — or even his influence in the soccer world, no line of praise seems feigned.

As the game grew noticeably less competitive in the second half — at times it felt like the Chicago Fire defense was doing everything but diving out of the way to make the path to goal easier for Batsi — the overriding feeling was that the focus of celebration would score a dinky little goal, a gimme. 

Then, this happened:



David Alaba floats a delicious cross into the box, and Basti deftly, skillfully volleys the rock into the back of the net. The contradictions of the moment are kind of astounding, because while the match at this point was clearly beyond its peak competitiveness — more on that below — the level of difficulty of this finish is pretty off the charts, and Basti completes the chance with relative ease.

What a way to end your career in Germany.

Even Playing Reserves, Bayern Is Bayern 

When the Bavarians released their starting 11 for the match, the signals were pretty clear: Sure, these aren’t the team’s standard first-team players, but these are still some extremely world-class players. Keeper Sven Ulreich minded the net last year while Manuel Neuer was injured. Renato Sanches has a long been one of the club’s most promising starlets; yes, he’s not quite lived up to the hype yet, but he literally just turned 21 years old! James Rodriguez started and looked electric. Mats Hummels started and was a fortress. Upstart Joshua Kimmich started and did damage on the flank.

In other words, for about 45 minutes the Germans, in typical German fashion, weren’t messing around. They dominated possession, and the players on the pitch were clearly out there to try to prove to manager Niko Kovač that they deserve more time. Sanches certainly appeared to make a statement, and winger Serge Gnabry — who scored the first goal of the game off a deflection, and who is coming off an injury — joined the young Portuguese midfielder in the statement-making department as well.

Probably goes without saying: Bavarians know how to party

Things Fall Apart And It Was Awesome

And then, as we all suspected, things fell apart in the best of ways.

Bayern threw some of Basti’s old teammates onto the field — Neuer, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry, and Thomas Müller among them — and there was an absolute party. There were jokes. There was some playful sandbagging. There was exaggerated possession and movement, and there were a heck of a lot of delighted faces on the field and in the stands.

As a quick sidebar, during this point of the game Chicago seriously threatened to score once or twice. Considering all the factors — their recent flight to Germany from the Midwest of the United States over the weekend, all the fanfair with the trip, all the photos and ceremonies and everything else — they performed pretty well. Bayern needed some timely goalkeeping and last-ditch defending to keep the clean sheet. 

In the midst of the fun, Basti scored his perfectly placed volley. 

Apparently the player who’s won everything had one more win up his sleeves.

Basti couldn't keep it together, and neither could we

Ted Ligety Announces Participation In World Pro Ski Tour

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Ted Ligety, announces his plan to participate in the 2019-2020 season of the World Pro Ski Tour (WPST). This marks another significant step in the resurgence of the WPST with the addition of today’s most decorated giant slalom athlete joining the Tour. After achieving many milestones in his ski racing career, Ligety will look to add the World Pro Ski Tour to his accolades while he actively competes on the World Cup circuit.

CAA Field Hockey Championship: How To Watch, Time, & Live Stream Info

The field is set for the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Field Hockey Championship. The championship will be hosted by the University of Delaware and take place from Nov. 8-10.Delaware captured the top seed after finishing undefeated in CAA play for the fourth straight season. William & Mary earned the No. 2 seed for the third time in four years, while Northeastern and James Madison were slotted No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The four teams have made the CAA Championship in three consecutive seasons and the seeds are the same as the 2018 championship.The championship will take place at Delaware’s Fred P. Rullo Stadium and will begin with the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 8. The first semifinal is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will feature Delaware and James Madison. The other semifinal is set for 4 p.m. and will see William & Mary and Northeastern face off. The winners of the semifinal games will play on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the championship game at 1 p.m.

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership with ECAC

AUSTIN, Texas — October 15, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced a partnership in collaboration with Collegiate Sports Management Group to provide live and on-demand coverage of 120 ECAC Championship Games across the FloSports network and potentially many more. Fans can watch the games annually through 2022.

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