Journalist who asked Bastian Schweinsteiger World Cup question 'sorry for offending anyone'

Bob Williams
Calm before the storm: Bastian Schweinsteiger at his Chicago Fire unveiling - AFP

The journalist who infamously asked Bastian Schweinsteiger whether Chicago Fire could win the World Cup has come forward to explain his awkward question.

Derek Henkle, an AFP video journalist, says he was actually trying to establish whether the German's arrival would help the MLS club win major trophies, such as the Fifa Club World Cup.

Of course, by saying World Cup and not Club World Cup, it was widely assumed that Henkle was asking the impossible of Schweinsteiger.

MLS teams can qualify for the Club World Cup by winning the Concacaf Champions League.

"I'm truly sorry if I offended anyone," Henkle told The Telegraph in an email.

"As a general assignment video reporter, I was seeking facts at a press conference. 

"I get that I named the wrong trophy and greatly appreciate Schweinsteiger attempting to clean up the question for me. It was a classy move. 

"My question missed its mark, but it has allowed me to become better educated on the ins and outs of soccer.

"I may have been one of the only general assignment guys in the room - but I believe, like a lot of Chicago, that Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival presents an amazing opportunity for those of us who want to experience soccer to more fully embrace the sport."

AFP journalist Derek Henkle Credit: Derek Henkle

He adds:  "I report on everything ranging from presidential politics to science - and I'm the first to admit that I don't know everything, but I do ask." 

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