Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to discuss how they spend their time out of the office and between paychecks. This month, we sat down with lively Columbus Crew coach, Sigi Schmid.
C Magazine: If you could recruit athletes from other sports, what would they be and why?
Sigi Schmid: Defensive backs in football or wide receivers because of their athleticism, and basketball guards because of their vision.
C Magazine: Why do soccer players always take their shirts off?
Schmid: It just became vogue for a while, and maybe they’re hoping they can get a gym membership – they don’t have the strongest upper bodies.
C Magazine: Columbus is the single best city for_______?
Schmid: Lack of traffic.
C Magazine: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Schmid: The first thing I wanted to be was a writer, but my dad told me that wasn’t a profession.
C Magazine: Do you think that “futbol” is a constructive avenue for the display of nationalism?
Schmid: Yes, because I think “futbol” “fusbal”, whatever you want to call it, is a reflection of a country’s traits and personality. If you watch even the playing style of the team on the field, it’s a reflection of the characteristics of the whole country. That’s what makes soccer very unique.
C Magazine: It’s zero to zero after second overtime. What five players in the history of the game do you want kicking your PKs?
Schmid: Pele, Maradona, Beckenbauer, Cruyff and Puskas.
C Magazine: In three words describe a “nutmeg”.
Schmid: Wanting to disappear.