German and Manchester United star Schweinsteiger marries tennis ace Ana Ivanovic

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Germany and Manchester United footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger marries tennis ace Ana Ivanovic at glamorous Venice City Hall

It’s a sporty affair!

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger weds tennis player Ana Ivanovic in Venice

The German team captain and World’s 25th women tennis player tied the knot after dating since 2014. Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger and tennis ace Ivanovic held their wedding service at Venice City Hall before sailing across the Venice canal on Tuesday.

His on-field excursions ended in disappointment earlier this month, but off-it July will always hold a special place in the heart of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Germany captain tied the knot with Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday – having been in a relationship since 2014.

Schweinsteiger looked dapper in a navy blue suit while Ivanovic looked elegant in a white dress.

The newlyweds were a picture of happiness as they left Venice City Hall hand in hand.

Also known as the Palazzo Cavalli, the Venice City Hall has been dedicated to wedding ceremonies since 1990.

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The high and old Venetian style windows with the Grand Canal as a backdrop make it a picturesque setting that clearly caught the eye of Ivanovic and Schweinsteiger too.

The couple had to let friends know to keep the dates from July 11 to 13 free for a celebration – one that Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber had let slip in January was to be a wedding.

And it was understandably for the married couples families too as Ivanovic’s parents, Mirsolav and Dragana, beamed with pride – with the former taking a photo on his mobile.

Schweinsteiger’s father, Alfred, and older brother, Tobias, were also in attendance.

Ivanovic, who crashed out of Wimbledon during her first-round encounter with Ekaterina Alexandrova on June 27, and the Germany captain had travelled to Venice by private jet from Munich with close friends and family.

German media reports had suggested wedding guests were not told where the wedding would take place – simply that they should come to the airport on Monday and be ready for a surprise.

The guest list is a closely guarded secret, but is rumoured to include Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, Germany coach Joachim Low, and Schweinsteiger’s Germany team-mate Thomas Muller, as well as tennis stars like Kerber and Andy Murray.

Schweinsteiger’s best man is said to be downhill ski racer Felix Neureuther, who has been friends with the United ace since the two were competitive junior skiers growing up in Bavaria.

Tuesday’s wedding comes less than a week after Schweinsteiger failed to inspire Germany to the final of Euro 2016 as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat by France in the last four.

The 31-year-old was penalised for handball to concede the penalty that brought the first of Antoine Griezmann’s two goals as hosts France eliminated the 2014 World Cup winners in Marseille on July 7.

Schweinsteiger may well have played his last game for his country, with reports he is considering immediate retirement from the international game, but he did not touch on that in an open letter posted on the German Football Association’s Facebook page last week.

 ‘Our dream has not been fulfilled. We haven’t reached the final and there will be no magic night to follow the one in Rio,’ he wrote.

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‘Unfortunately, we were missing something extremely important against France: a little bit of luck. Defeats are a part of the game though, even if they hurt.

‘We of course acknowledge our opponents’ performance and sincerely and warmly congratulate the French team on progressing to the final.

‘I am proud of what we have achieved. We have stayed true to playing our style of football. We have continued to grow as a team in the last seven weeks and this togetherness, which made us strong in Brazil two years ago, has done the same again here in France.

‘We are a team, we are Die Mannschaft.Our fans are also a part of it. Wherever we were, Lille, St. Denis, Paris, Bordeaux or Marseille – thanks to you we had our twelfth man by our side.

‘We would also like to thank the hosts, France and the French people. We have felt happy, safe and fully welcome from the first day. We had the best possible conditions in Evian. We were able to concentrate and train intensely, as well as relax in peace and recover where we were staying. France have been amazing hosts for the European Championship.

”In the name of the team, I would like to take my hat off to France. Merci! Au revoir! And See you soon!’

Schweinsteiger, 31, has been capped 120 times by his country and became captain in 2014, following the retirement of Philipp Lahm.

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