Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On Bastian Schweinsteiger, Eight Years Later

There's something special about this world cup final.

Nope, of course not that England finally reached the final, and football finally came home. Haha.

It's Germany vs Argentina in the final. It was Bastian Schweinsteiger that made it special. I am neither Germany's nor Bayern Munchen's fan. I've been loyal to The Three Lions and English Premiership since the first time I knew football.

However, in 2006, out of the blue, after the World Cup tournament finished, hosted by Germany and won by the Italian, I wrote a letter (yes, handwritten, with envelope and stamps) to Sebastian Schweinsteiger. He was very young, and super impressive. He cried miserably on Juergen Klinsmann's shoulder after the painful defeat from Italy (fyi, I have never liked Gli Azzuri). I felt very sorry for him, and I thought he deserved to be written a letter to. Haha. And I've never even written any letter to Eric Cantona, my inspiration! You can see how spontaneous the Schweini letter was.

So, in my letter, I told Schweini that he should not be so sad, he was so talented, young and would have another chance to win the world cup title in the future. I still remember vividly the paper and my (rather nicer than today's) handwriting, telling those words just like he was a little baby brother of mine. Shame that I did not take any pic of the letter (unlike today, 8 years ago mobile phones with cameras were not yet a household item).

And guess what? He replied to the letter! Well, he did not write back a proper letter of course, and probably it was the Bayern Munchen's clerks who did the stuffs...but a picture of him with a signature arrived with envelope and stamps, from Munchen to Sleman (yeah I lived there at that time).

All The Way, From Munchen to Sleman ;)

I don't know whether he got the chance to read the letter or not...but this morning, 8 years after the very letter, western Indonesia's time, I saw him won the world cup title. He was bleeding on the face, got injured by the opponents, and covering the whole midfield for the glory of his team. (Check his moments in the final through pics here!)

Technology has improved so much in the past eight years, that now I get to congratulate him realtime via his "verified" twitter account. Probably he won't get the chance to check his twitter for the coming a month or so (busy celebrating maybe), but I did tell him that I was happy that he won the title. :)

Anyway, congrats Basti! You and your team deserves the title. Thank you for inspiring us that even hard work, talents, and technology like that of the Germans may need the whole eight years to finally succeed. :)


-written mostly while commuting- 


  1. Subhanallah...hahahaha...you are unbeliveable and very dedicated as a fan!! Keren!!

    1. Wkwkwkwk...kurang gawean sih iyo Wien keto'e...:p