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Bastian Schweinsteiger: 'I've definitely matured'

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Bastian Schweinsteiger: 'I've definitely matured'

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:00 pm

Munich on Tuesday at 7 pm: three good-looking young men in dark suits enter the Hugo BOSS store in Maximilianstrasse. More than 100 invited guests are waiting on "three top international models from Milan," host Stephan Lehmann quips. The trio in fact comprises Michael Rensing, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Bayern stars joined official outfitter Hugo BOSS for an exclusive charity auction named "Fashion meets Football", where they helped raise some €3,000 for club charity FC Bayern Hilfe e.V. The players signed autographs and chatted away to the guests in the suitably laid-back and informal atmosphere.

Bastian Schweinsteiger appeared very much at home in the world of fashion, possibly thanks to his year-long relationship with model Sarah Brandtner. asked the 24-year-old midfielder whether his appearance matters to him, and how much his partner influences his choice of menswear.

Interview: Bastian Schweinsteiger Bastian, what does fashion and looking good mean to you?
Bastian Schweinsteiger: "Less than people seem to think. I'm a spontaneous type of guy, I dress according to the mood I'm in and the weather. I just put on things that go together well, and that's it." Are you interested in fashion trends?
Schweinsteiger: "Yes, a little at least. I check the shops to see whether there's stuff I like, but I'm not predisposed to anything in particular. I don't make a song and dance about it. After all, I do have someone at home who's pretty well acquainted with the world of fashion." You mean your partner, who's a leading model. How much does she influence your choice of outfit?
Schweinsteiger: "Since we've been together, I do dress differently. But I don't wear things because she tells me to, but because I like them and feel good in them. When we go shopping together, she does sometimes pick things out for me, and I'll say: Hey, that looks good. She has a good eye for clothes which go well together. But sometimes I'll say: no, that's not for me, although her suggestions are spot on most of the time. Occasionally we bring each other items from the city. But if I go with her when she's shopping for clothes, I always look for a little corner of the shop where I can stay out of the way (laughs)." Are you vain?
Schweinsteiger: "No, I wouldn't say so. I look after my appearance, but I don't think that makes me vain, does it?" Do you think today's footballers are more closely watched for their style and fashion than in the past?
Schweinsteiger: "I think so. The public, and especially the media, keep a very close eye on what you're wearing and how you look. There's definitely more coverage than in the past, but also because the players pay more attention to their fashion and hairstyles. Although if I think back to the haircuts favoured by our manager [Uli Hoeneß] and Paul Breitner, they were certainly out of the ordinary." Would you agree that Bastian Schweinsteiger has matured, both as a footballer and as a person?
Schweinsteiger: "I'm obviously a different guy compared to the start of my career. I do different things on the field compared to when I was 18, and I've come a long way in general, but that's normal with increasing age. It happens to everyone."
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