Last November, Bastian Schweinsteiger and his wife, tennis star Ana Ivanovic, announced that they were having a child. The announcement was absolutely adorable: a picture of three sets of Yeezy 350s, with one meant for a baby.
A little extension to our family . Couldn’t be more happy❤️ !!! @BSchweinsteiger pic.twitter.com/9ZXLWVQrCV— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) November 23, 2017
Since Basti re-signed with the Chicago Fire for the 2018 season, their new child will presumably be born here in the Chicago area. Which is to say: on US soil.
You see where we’re going with this.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic are about to have a baby in Chicago, and that kid will be USA-eligible— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) February 23, 2018
Per Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Basti and Ana’s kid will be an American citizen. (Unless Ana flies back to Europe just to give birth. Which is possible, but, presumably, unlikely.)
FIFA’s rules are... complicated, at best, but if their kid decided to become a professional soccer player, they’d have their pick of three countries to affiliate with for national team purposes— Germany, Serbia, and now the United States.
What does this mean for us?
Should the child follow their father’s footsteps in the future if they want to return to their city of birth, they could play for the Chicago Fire or the Chicago Red Stars. Or maybe the upcoming unnamed Chicago USL team.
They could also potentially put on a USMNT shirt and lead the Stars And Stripes to World Cup glory.
(We’re joking, of course.)
All that aside, congrats to Ana and Basti!