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Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger (, born 1 August 1984 in Kolbermoor, West Germany) is a Germany Association football who plays as a Midfielder for FC Bayern Munich and the Germany national football team. A right-footed player, Bastian Schweinsteiger is capable of playing out wide or in a more central role.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger biography

Bastian Schweinsteiger (, born 1 August 1984 in Kolbermoor, West Germany) is a Germany Association football who plays as a Midfielder for FC Bayern Munich and the Germany national football team. A right-footed player, Bastian Schweinsteiger is capable of playing out wide or in a more central role.

Schweinsteiger has won many trophies in Bastian Schweinsteiger still continuing career including five Fußball-Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokal and two League Cups.. Bastian Schweinsteiger is now the club vice-captain to long-time teammate Philipp Lahm.


Club career

Schweinsteiger signed for Bayern Munich as a youth team player on 1 July 1998

A left midfielder, who can also play on the right, Bastian Schweinsteiger has excellent dribbling skills, and is a specialist at Set piece (football). Schweinsteiger also has a hard shot, and often scores from outside the penalty area. Bastian Schweinsteiger can play as a defensive midfielder or just behind the strikers. During Bastian Schweinsteiger first appearances in the titular eleven, Bastian Schweinsteiger played left-back. After just two training sessions with the first team, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld gave Schweinsteiger Bastian Schweinsteiger debut as a late substitute in a UEFA Champions League game against RC Lens in November 2002, and the youngster made an immediate impact, creating a goal for Markus Feulner within minutes. Bastian Schweinsteiger signed a professional contract the following month and went on to appear in 14 Bundesliga games in 2002–03, helping Bayern to a league and cup double. The next season Bastian Schweinsteiger played 26 Fußball-Bundesliga games. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored Bastian Schweinsteiger first Bayern goal against VfL Wolfsburg in September 2003.

Surprisingly sent back to Bayern's reserve team by new coach Felix Magath at the beginning of the 2005–06 season despite Bastian Schweinsteiger international exploits of the summer in the Confederations Cup, Schweinsteiger swiftly returned to play a role in the double-winning campaign and scored in Bayern's Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat at Chelsea F.C..

Over the next three seasons, up until the end of 2007–08, Schweinsteiger made 135 appearances in all competitions for Bayern Munich (UEFA Champions League, Fußball-Bundesliga and German Cup), scoring 10 goals in the process.

On 15 August 2008, Schweinsteiger scored the first Fußball-Bundesliga goal of the Fußball-Bundesliga 2008–09. In December 2010, Bastian Schweinsteiger extended Bastian Schweinsteiger contract with Bayern until 2016.

International career

Bastian Schweinsteiger made Bastian Schweinsteiger international debut in 2004 in a friendly against Hungary national football team. Bastian Schweinsteiger was called-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup on home soil and shot into prominence at the tournament with Bastian Schweinsteiger two brilliant long-range strikes in the third place match against Portugal, which won Bastian Schweinsteiger the Man of the Match award. The match ended 3–1 with the twenty two-year-old nearly claiming a hat-trick but Bastian Schweinsteiger deflected free kick was credited as an own-goal to Armando Petit.

During UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group D, Bastian Schweinsteiger scored two goals en route to a record 13–0 win over San Marino national football team in San Marino. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the third goal in Germany's 4–1 win over Slovakia national football team in Bratislava.

At the age of 22, Bastian Schweinsteiger had already played 41 matches for the German national team, a record for any German player at the time. This record was soon broken, however, by Lukas Podolski who was capped 44 times at the age of 22. At the same age, Lothar Matthäus (the German all-time record holder with 150 caps) had only played 13 times for the German national team. To this day Germany national football team have never lost a game when Bastian Schweinsteiger has scored.

Schweinsteiger initially lost Bastian Schweinsteiger place in the starting eleven when manager Joachim Löw moved striker Lukas Podolski to Bastian Schweinsteiger usual position on the left wing to accommodate the strike partnership of Miroslav Klose and Mario Gómez and Bastian Schweinsteiger made two substitute appearances in the group stages. In the second match against Croatia national football team, Bastian Schweinsteiger was shown a straight red card for reacting to a challenge from Jerko Leko as Germany succumbed to a 2–1 shock defeat. After serving Bastian Schweinsteiger suspension by missing the game against Austria national football team, Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to the starting line-up in the quarterfinal against Portugal when Löw reverted back to the old 4–4–2 formation when Gómez was benched after failing to make an impression. Once again Bastian Schweinsteiger was instrumental in their 3–2 win, scoring one and setting up two goals. Bastian Schweinsteiger also scored Bastian Schweinsteiger country's first goal in the 3–2 semi-final victory against Turkey national football team. Bastian Schweinsteiger captained the team for the first time in a friendly against the United Arab Emirates national football team.

Schweinsteiger featured often in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA), playing 9 of the 10 games and contributing 3 goals. Bastian Schweinsteiger started in Germany's third pre-warm up game vs. Bosnia on 3 June 2010, and scored 2 penalties in a 3–1 victory in the space of four minutes, but in the 87th minute Bastian Schweinsteiger was substituted off for Bayern Munich team mate Toni Kroos.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Schweinsteiger was charged with replacing the injured Michael Ballack at the center of midfield. Bastian Schweinsteiger performed admirably in this role, adding valuable leadership and international experience to a very young German side. Bastian Schweinsteiger was vital to both the German attack and defense, as was apparent when Bastian Schweinsteiger was named the Man of the Match after the quarter-final against Argentina national football team, where Bastian Schweinsteiger provided two assists while also managing to contain Lionel Messi. Unfortunately for Schweinsteiger, Germany subsequently lost to Spain national football team in the semi-finals. The German squad were able to rally for a 3–2 victory over Uruguay national football team in the Third Place match, and, with Philip Lahm resting on the bench because of illness, Schweinsteiger served as captain.

Overall, Schweinsteiger recorded three assists in seven matches in South Africa, which tied Bastian Schweinsteiger for the most in the finals. In recognition of Bastian Schweinsteiger excellent play throughout the tournament, Bastian Schweinsteiger was chosen as one of ten finalists for the prestigious FIFA World Cup awards Golden Ball, awarded to the most outstanding player of the tournament. As of 10 July 2010, Schweinsteiger has been capped 81 times, and has scored 21 goals for the Germany national football team since making Bastian Schweinsteiger debut back in 2004. Bastian Schweinsteiger has also been to four major tournaments with the German squad including UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal, FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany, UEFA Euro 2008 in Austria-Switzerland, and FIFA World Cup 2010 held in South Africa.


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