Schweinsteiger largely operates in the centre, but he is versatile enough to provide an option on the wing, either left or right. He is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world. Schweinsteiger possesses a fearsome shot from range as well as a wicked delivery from set-pieces and his boundless energy serves him well,but there are 10 things you didn’t know about Bastian Schweinsteiger.
1. Schweinsteiger spent 13 seasons at Bayern Munich, playing in exactly 500 matches across all competitions and scoring 68 goals.
2. His honours at the club include eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal titles, a UEFA Champions League title, a FIFA Club World Cup title and a UEFA Super Cup title.
3. Schweinsteiger is Germany’s fourth most-capped player of all time, having earned 120 caps and scored 24 goals, in a 12-year international career starting in 2004.
4. He was selected in their squads for four European Championships and three World Cups, including their victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
5. Following Philipp Lahm’s international retirement on 2 September 2014, Schweinsteiger was named captain of the national team.
6. He retired from the national team on 29 July 2016.
7. Schweinsteiger signed with Bayern Munich as a youth team player on 1 July 1998 and rose through the club’s youth sides.
8. Having won the German youth championship in July 2002, Schweinsteiger quickly earned a place in the reserves, producing a string of solid third-division displays.
9. He initially earned a reputation for being a rebel off the pitch, making headlines for the wrong reasons but has since settled down.
10. During his first appearances in the titular eleven, he played left-back.