Schweinsteiger vs. Götze - this well-known football duel rises this Friday evening in the table basement of the third division. Tobias Schweinsteiger, 40, is now the coach of VfL Osnabrück. Felix Götze, 24, has recently started playing for Rot-Weiss Essen. When Schweinsteiger makes his home debut as Osnabrück coach in the cult stadium on Bremer Brücke, Essen's Götze will be a player with whom he has a lot in common. Not only that he was five years ago as an assistant coach of the FC Bayern Munich II was his coach, no, especially the evening of July 13, 2014 they will always carry in their hearts. That Sunday her brothers Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze became world champions side by side in Rio de Janeiro. The third division basement duel in Osnabrück therefore also breathes a bit of world championship atmosphere.
Both watched the final on TV at the time. Götze, then still a youth player for Borussia Dortmund, sat on the couch with his mother and big brother Fabian at home, he was still a student. He also didn't know that evening that three years later he would be playing in Bayern's second team under Schweinsteiger's brother Tobias, who was then acting as assistant coach. "Felix and I have occasional contact," said Schweinsteiger ahead of Friday night's game. "I look forward to seeing him again."
"Dominant, wild, risky," Schweinsteiger calls his game idea - and delivers in relation to the same
There is a lot at stake for both clubs: they are tied on points on the threshold of the relegation zone. In the first game with Götze, on loan from FC Augsburg, Essen celebrated their first win of the season in a 2-1 win against Aue. Osnabrück lost the first game under coach Schweinsteiger in Oldenburg 3:4 despite a 3:1 lead. Schweinsteiger, who had previously worked as an assistant coach at 1. FC Nürnberg, had the chance to become the head coach in Lower Saxony because Osnabrück's coach Daniel Scherning had been enticed away by second-division side Arminia Bielefeld. Schweinsteiger and Scherning got their football license together in 2021. "Our football is similar," says Schweinsteiger. "Dominant, wild, risky," he names as keywords - and delivered directly in this regard in the first game.
Schweinsteiger has exciting memories of the Bremer Bridge, located in the middle of a residential area. In 2007 he won 2-0 here with VfB Lübeck, scored both goals and received a yellow card with fifteen minutes to go. In 2011 he also won his second game in Osnabrück 1-0 with Jahn Regensburg. "It was a cool evening at the Bremen Bridge with a great audience," he says. And from now on this audience is also for him and his team.
Felix Götze believes coach Tobias Schweinsteiger can have a successful time in Osnabrück. "Tobi is a cool guy and knows a lot about football," he said. This Friday, however, he cannot make any concessions because he cannot allow Schweinsteiger to win.
Meanwhile, it is not known whether her brothers Bastian and Mario want to follow the game in front of the screen. At least there was a chance. MagentaSport will broadcast live from 7 p.m.