SALVADOR, Brazil -- Like a scene from a Platoon, German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was airlifted from his team's base north of Salvador on Saturday.
It wasn't cardiac arrest or anything urgent at all, for that matter.
As German manager Joachim Low told media here Sunday, a day before the world No. 2 takes on Portugal, FIFA just wanted to guard itself against any kind of future insurance claim.
The result: Schweinsteiger's knee is fine, his coach confirmed.
It turns out FIFA wanted to avoid traffic congestion. So, of course, it elected to go with a chopper -- the kind of medical service most in this city dream of.
Strangely, the black ops talk didn't end there.
An English-speaking media member then asked Low if he's concerned about drones spying on Germany's preparations throughout the tournament.
The German manager's eyes opened wide, as if he was paging Mulder and Scully.
"As far as I'm concerned I haven't seen any drones," Low responded.
Reports surfaced Sunday that French manager Didier Deschamps halted training Friday in Porto Alegre after allegedly spotting a drone hovering in the distance -- something FIFA is investigating.
"If that is the case, certain things aren't revealed (through the use of a drone anyway)," Low added. "I don't believe it's a major concern."
Neither do German media, apparently.
The next question to Low was a bit more serious.
"Now for a real question," a German-speaking report started.
Laughter all around.