The report calls the transfer “imminent” and says it will garner Bayern Munich a fee of around $20-22 million. Schweinsteiger will reportedly sign a three-year contract worth around $11 million per year.
Schweinsteiger was seen taking in a Wimbledon match in early July, and likely met with club officials around that same time.
While it’s sad to see a player who has spent 17 seasons and 536 appearances for one club move away from the team, it can be considered good business by Bayern to get a solid transfer fee for a player on the wrong side of 30 who appeared last season to be starting a slow but noticeable decline. The 30-year-old managed just 20 league appearances and 1,362 minutes last season due to injuries, his lowest total in either category since his debut season in 2002/03.
He joined Bayern Munich’s youth team at just 14 years old in 1998, choosing a soccer career over one in professional skiing at the time. He went on to win eight Bundesliga titles, seven league cups, a Champions League, and a Club World Cup title with the Bavarians.
The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.
My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.
2018 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)
Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.
Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:
“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”
Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.
Sticking with the orange and blue color combination which has served them since inception, the shield has FC in the top left corner, Cincinnati running diagonally left-to-right in blue script on white, and a winged lion holding a sword as the primary icon.