A fantastic German footballer who plays as a midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of the greatest modern-day footballers in the world. An extremely versatile footballer, Schweinsteiger is a fantastic addition to any team. Technically gifted, fantastic vision, tricky feet and solid in defense – all characteristics that can define this wonderful football player!
In 1990, Schweinsteiger began his playing career at a small club in the town where he grew up – FV Oberaudorf. After two years, he was spotted by TSV 1860 Rosenheim, going on to better things. Schweinsteiger was having an exceptional time at the club and it showed in his game. Rapidly rushing up the team ladders, Schweinsteiger was catching the eye of Germany’s most successful team, FC Bayern Munich.
In 1998, Bayern Munich swooped in for the kill and got Bastian Schweinsteiger to sign with them. For the next four seasons, Bayern were their finishing school and Schweinsteiger was turning into one of the finest players in their lineup.
In 2002, Schweinsteiger was inducted into the Bayern Munich first team squad. Coming into a squad that had just won the UEFA Champions League title, Schweinsteiger was all of 18 and brimming with confidence. With Owen Hargreaves & captain Stefan Effenberg playing in a similar role and position, Schweinsteiger had little chance of breaking into the lineup.
He did, however, ensure that he was not just knocking on the door, but banging down on it. Every chance that Schweinsteiger got, on the pitch, he made the most of it. Between 2002 and 2004, Schweinsteiger was spending most of his time hopping between the first team and the B-team. However, once Stefan Effenberg hung up his boots, the youngster stepped into his shoes without missing a beat.
Since 2002, Schweinsteiger has played over 240 league games for the Bayern Munich first team, and scored almost 25 times. His goal scoring record may not be phenomenal, however, give him room and 25 to 35 yards, from goal and you’ll see some of the most powerful and incredible shots on goal.
At the international level, Schweinsteiger made his international debut in 2004. With 21 goals in 87 games, his international record has been much better than at club level. After being a part of the Under-21 European Championships, Schweinsteiger broke into the first team and was sensational with his combative skills and playmaking abilities.
The mainstay in the German team as they went on to win third place at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, Schweinsteiger was quickly becoming a fan favourite. Schweinsteiger wasn’t just a part of the third placed teams in 2006 and 2010, he was the heart beat of the entire lineup. Along with Michael Ballack, Schweinsteiger led Germany to the 2008 UEFA European Champions as Runners up to Spain.