FC Bayern captain Philipp Lahm was bang on the money with his first pitch at Wrigley Field. - © © gettyimages
FC Bayern captain Philipp Lahm was bang on the money with his first pitch at Wrigley Field. - © © gettyimages

Bundesliga Daily: 29 July

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Lahm pitches up at Wrigley Field

On the final day of FC Bayern München's Chicago leg of their U.S. summer tour, Philipp Lahm made an appearance at Wrigley Field, where MLB outfit Chicago Cubs were playing neighbours Chicago White Sox.

Schweinsteiger stands down

Closer to home, Lahm's former FC Bayern teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international football after winning 120 caps for world champions Germany. "He gave everything for the team and completely identified with our values and objectives," said Germany head coach Joachim Löw. "As a coach, I profited so much from him and I'd just like to thank him for everything."

*"It was a huge honour to play alongside you for Germany."

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Kießling: 'Not the most patient'

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will definitely be without veteran striker Stefan Kießling for the start of the season due to ongoing hip troubles, but the 32-year-old could return to first-team action in September. "There's no plan in place," he said. "I've just got to wait until the pain's gone. I've never been the most patient. It's tough."

"You have to manage the pain and then we'll work on getting him back into good physical shape," added Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt from the club's training camp in Zell am See, Austria. "We're confident we'll have him back after the [September] international break."

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Schär relief

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's preparations for the new season appeared to have been dealt a blow when Switzerland international defender Fabian Schär injured his left elbow in training on Friday, but scans revealed the 24-year-old had not suffered a fracture. Schär is expected to return to training in the near future.