What is football without its heroes and thousands of adoring fans backing them till the very end? These are the thoughts that come to my mind as FC Bayern Munich prepares to play in New Delhi for the first time, in Bhaichung Bhutia’s farewell match. We hope fans will give him a packed stadium.
When I was growing up in Kolbermoor, Germany, I used to admire my elder brother Tobias. By the time I earned my jersey for Bayern Munich and later for Germany, I started admiring a bunch of international players.
Zinedine Zidane will, of course, be my idol, but Eric Cantona as well. Zidane though was something special.
I think I don't have to mention why, but what inspired me the most was that Zidane was leading the team through the way he played; he was not a person of big words but a leader because of his aura.
I would have loved to play with Cantona too; he had something that was inspiring.
I'm eagerly looking forward to returning to action in the new year after spending a good amount of time recovering from injury. That's all that is in my mind these days, though the injury has also come as a blessing in disguise. I've used this time to spend some time with my family and friends.
I am very curious to discover India’s passion for football. I’m quite impressed to know that they were Asian giants in the 1950s and 1960s, but what happened thereafter is a mystery. Maybe, if more top clubs can play there in the future, it will boost the popularity of the sport.
Some of my friends who have been to India have told me that the people are friendly and emotional. That’s sounds so much like football fans we have here at Bayern Munich. I think we are headed for some good time in New Delhi.
(Bastian Schweinsteiger is a Bayern and Germany midfielder)