Indecent exposure appears to be a developing theme this week in football. On Tuesday evening, Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa showed his cheeky side thanks to a revealing tackle from Osasuna's Francisco Silva. At the same time, Jan Vertonghen's de-pantsification of Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius somehow didn't warrant a booking or a penalty.
The biggest story of footballer nudity, however, comes from Germany, where it has emerged that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was once treated to a view of Bastian Schweinsteiger's gentleman's lunchbox.
According to German tabloid Bild, DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach regaled guests at an event in Dusseldorf with a nudity-based anecdote from Euro 2012.
When Chancellor Merkel intended to visit the German dressing room after their 4-2 quarter-final victory over Greece, it was Niersbach's responsibility to ensure all the players were appropriately clothed. However, as the 59-year-old world leader entered the room, it soon became apparent that Niersbach hadn't accounted for one of his players who was in the shower.
That player duly emerged from the showers, and Merkel was given an eye full. When asked for the identity of the clothes-free player, Niersbach said "I'm not telling you — that would be too embarrassing for Bastian Schweinsteiger."
So, it seems pretty safe to conclude that Merkel's trip to pay her respects to Die Mannschaft ended with her catching a glimpse of Schweini's mannschaft.
Here they are playing a game of 'footsie' under the table a few days before the incident...
Bild also reveal that Merkel is vaguely familiar with the Bayern Munich midfielder's anatomy, as she shared a beer with him after Germany's 4-0 win over Argentina at the 2010 World Cup while he was dressed only in a towel.
Something tells us this is starting to get awkward for Schweini...
- Sports & Recreation
- Bastian Schweinsteiger
- Wolfgang Niersbach
- Atletico Madrid
- Chancellor Merkel