“It was one of those Thomas Müller moments that gave the ARD premiere of his buddy Bastian Schweinsteiger rhetorical brilliance and moodyness.” Radio Müller is coming now,” joked a well-heeled Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when Müller was asked to the microphone after the 4-2 victory in the DFB Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen. From the turf, he greeted his former team-mate with his arms raised, his first assignment as a TV expert at the almost empty Berlin Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Müller spoke a few thoughtful sentences about the lack of fans in the stadium, philosophizing that it was “not the same and certainly not the same thing,” which Schweinsteiger acknowledged on the presenter’s podium with a grin, head shaking and wild microphone movements. And then Mueller said the phrase, which is already a candidate for the collection of sayings of this whimsical Corona season.
“The Günter Netzer junior shouldn’t be so funny,” Müller, 30, said of the five-year-old Schweinsteiger. In contrast to the long-time television critic Netzer, however, the World Cup hero of Rio did not wear a tie, but analyzed the events expertly in a white shirt with at least two open buttons and a dark blue jacket, but also with the necessary looseness.
Neutral and serious
The left hand in his pocket, Schweinsteiger joked about a “tactical stroke of genius” by Müller, congratulated him earnestly on a deserved victory, but also warned against the temporary “high-level standing of the four-man chain”. Schweinsteiger still seems close enough to the industry after his career ended in the US last year, but at the same time far enough away to judge neutrally and seriously.
“Of course it was a great finale for us,” Schweinsteiger said – and the listener could briefly think that he was talking about FC Bayern in the Form of The Wir. Of course, he meant “us” to all the viewers, analysts and experts – to which he now belongs.
And then he caused a little bit of media excitement. In his farewell words, Rummenigge wished not only “a lot of fun with Bastian”, who was a “super guy” and looked “super recovered”. He also said that Schweinsteiger “hopefully can celebrate nicely with FC Bayern at some point.” The “Sportbuzzer” promptly asked that night: “A simple party invitation? A seerian act? Or even a job offer?”
A return to FC Bayern was regularly in the offing, but schweinsteiger seems to have arrived in his job as a TV expert for ARD – the start was promising.
Only seven million viewers
They may have been less pleased with the rate of transmission in ard. On average, 7.01 million watched the game. This corresponds to a market share of 26.6 percent.
A disappointment compared to previous years. Since 2013, at least ten million people had watched the final in front of the TV. In the 2014 final between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, the number was as high as 14.27 million.