Völlig zu Recht wurde Bastian Schweinsteiger dementsprechend beim Verlesen der Aufstellung von den Bayern-Fans immer mit dem Zusatz Fußballgott. , Maracanã-Stadion, WM-Finale, er mit blutender Wunde unter dem Auge. Bilder, die bleiben. Bastian Schweinsteiger verabschiedet sich. Bastian Schweinsteiger beim FC Bayern: Vom Schweini zum Fußball-Gott. 1 | Share. Tweet. E-Mail. Ganz oben auf der Karriereleiter - Bildquelle: Bongarts.
Fußballgott Bastian Schweinsteiger - eine WürdigungDie Karriere von Bastian Schweinsteiger: Vom Lausbub zum Fußballgott. Bastian Schweinsteiger bestritt gegen Orlando das letzte Saisonspiel für Chicago Fire. Völlig zu Recht wurde Bastian Schweinsteiger dementsprechend beim Verlesen der Aufstellung von den Bayern-Fans immer mit dem Zusatz Fußballgott. , Maracanã-Stadion, WM-Finale, er mit blutender Wunde unter dem Auge. Bilder, die bleiben. Bastian Schweinsteiger verabschiedet sich.
In addition to 26 appearances in the league, he made seven appearances in the Champions League. Nearly a year after his first goal, he finally found the net in Europe in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
It was not quite the beauty his first Bundesliga goal was but it showed his instincts as an attacker. A Ballack freekick hit the wall and found Ze Roberto on the edge of the box.
His shot was punched away by Petr Cech only for Schweinsteiger to come and score from the rebound. The score was after the goal, but, as luck would have it, Bayern went on to lose that match, Schweinsteiger's performances at the World Cup showed both sides of his character; sometimes he disappeared in matches and Jürgen Klinsmann, whether for some tactical aspect or not left him out of the semifinal clash against Italy.
Then, against Portugal, he starred, showing what he can do when he is interested. Bayern was starting to worry. After the World Cup, his performances dropped and he was no longer the man they wanted on the left of midfield.
In , Franck Ribery came. Schweinsteiger had to make do with a spot on the right. He was always a Bayern boy and hence Uli Hoeness, one never to mince his words, said the following about Basti's increasingly average performances and lack of concentration at the beginning of matches: "Too many people have blown sugar up his arse since the World Cup.
I want to punch him. His performances on the right were not up to the mark either but Schweinsteiger kept his head down and played wherever Bayern wanted him to.
His defensive skills needed some improvement. Two years of disappointing performances though were starting to get on Hoeness' nerves.
The fact that his shift to the right came under Otmar Hitzfeld, the very man who trusted him on a Champions League night after two practice sessions, was rather telling.
Even Hitzfeld did not believe as much in Basti as he once did. Hope was not lost though as Hitzfeld kept playing him.
When the Euros came around in , Lukas Podolski, one of Bayern's post World Cup signings, was nearly done with Bayern. But Basti talked about his home club differently, according to Die Zeit :.
Bayern and Basti were not giving up on each other , especially in light of his ties to Munich. A journalist in Munich once said "When I'm lost I call my driver Bastian!
Hitzfeld stepped down eventually in and Jürgen Klinsmann took his place. The year was a rather forgettable one, one in which Jupp Heynckes was needed to dig the team out of trouble and put them in a UEFA Champions League spot.
Van Gaal was brave. In many ways, he was the change which Bayern needed. And Van Gaal turned Basti into a central midfielder.
In his setting, Basti set up alongside Mark Van Bommel and acted as the attacking member of the two. Moreover, his lack of defensive skill was protected by Van Bommel and he was in a position in which speed was not vital, unlike the wing.
He could finally use his vision. In , the German team psychologist Hans-Dieter Hermann had told Schweinsteiger his biggest strength was his instinct.
He proved to be right. Basti went from a rather average winger to an exceptional defensive midfielder that season. This is where he stayed, moving a step or two forward to join the attack when needed.
He became the vital cog Bayern wanted him to be. He was the driving force aside from Arjen Robben which saw Bayern come within in a game of winning a first treble in He had an excellent World Cup as well and was the man who engineered the destruction of Argentina in the quarter-finals.
Heynckes fixed the Bayern defense and they looked like a team ready to challenge for the Champions League crown and perhaps even win it in a final at home.
In November, before he knew what hit him against Napoli, Schweinsteiger found himself in the hospital with a collar bone injury following a horrendous collision with Gokhan Inler.
His bone was broken and he was out for months. It was young Toni Kroos's turn to grow up. But Kroos was not the fastest man; his partner, Luiz Gustavo , a very good player but not with Mark Van Bommel's mean gene, could not always offer him enough protection.
Bayern went along and as luck would have it, Schweinsteiger returned. He was not the same as before; but, in front of a roaring Madrid crowd, he scored the penalty that would take Bayern to their home final.
He did not do much wrong in the final. He stood back and watched his team miss shot after shot. He watched Arjen Robben miss a potential match-winning penalty.
And then, in the penalty shootout, with both sides tied, he went forward. The inside of the post is as close as he came.
And shortly after, as Chelsea ran with joy, one could only wonder if Bastian would recover from it.
His performances at the Euros in displayed tiredness; many thought that was it for him. He would always be the nearly man.
But then, Heynckes believed in Schweinsteiger. Basti always needed his coach to believe in him. The moment which was needed to fire up Basti again came in Bayern's opening group match against Valencia in the season.
He scored the first goal and on his face was not just sheer elation; hidden behind the smiles was relief. The belief increased as Bayern demolished everyone in front of them in the Bundesliga and all other competitions.
Heynckes' words surely helped Schweinsteiger go through the last few weeks. In early , this is what the legendary striker said about his midfielder:.
Schweinsteiger can do all that. Bayern went on to conquer everything; in the Bundesliga, Schweinsteiger's cheeky backheel against Eintracht Frankfurt handed him the trophy extremely early.
Schweinsteiger initiated the attack in the final part of the Champions League final, when Bayern seemed determined to win it.
He ran and ran and ran and he saw Bayern crowned. Although it was Robben's day for redemption, it was a date with destiny for Schweinsteiger, the man who wished the ground would open up and swallow him a year ago.
His contributions to Bayern saw him crowned Footballer of the Year in Germany in While some took the announcement as a surprise, it really was not; the award was an appreciation of what he had done down the years.
But, he still had something left in the tank. Over the next three seasons, up until the end of —08, Schweinsteiger made appearances in all competitions for Bayern Munich Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal , scoring 10 goals in the process.
On 15 August , Schweinsteiger scored the first Bundesliga goal of the —09 season. In December , he extended his contract with Bayern until On 25 April , Schweinsteiger scored from the last and match-clinching penalty kick against Real Madrid to send Bayern through to the UEFA Champions League Final , where they would face Chelsea.
The match, played at Bayern's Allianz Arena , ended 1—1 and went to a penalty shoot-out. On 6 April , Schweinsteiger scored a backheel flick goal against Eintracht Frankfurt which sealed the Bundesliga title for Bayern.
Schweinsteiger received the German player of the year due to his performance for Bayern Munich. He scored an equaliser goal in the match against Manchester United in the first leg of their —14 UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford but saw a red card later in that match.
He made his —15 season debut  in a 4—0 win against Hoffenheim. He transferred to Manchester United on 13 July ,  having been at Bayern for 17 years.
On 7 December , Schweinsteiger was punished with a three-match retrospective ban by The Football Association for striking West Ham United 's Winston Reid in the throat in their meeting two days earlier.
On 21 March , Manchester United allowed Schweinsteiger to join Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire , subject to a medical and a visa being secured.
On 8 October , Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from professional football. Schweinsteiger made his international debut in June in a friendly against Hungary and earned caps before his retirement from international football in Right after taking part in the unders' disappointing run at the European Championships ,  he was called up for Euro He scored his first two international goals on 8 June against Russia  and scored his first goal in a competitive match against Tunisia on 18 June at the Confederations Cup in Germany.
At the age of 22, he 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 At the same age, Lothar Matthäus the German all-time record holder with caps had only played 13 times for the German national team.
During Euro qualifiers , he scored two goals en route to a record 13—0 win over San Marino in San Marino. He scored the third goal in Germany's 4—1 win over Slovakia in Bratislava.
In the second match against Croatia , he was shown a straight red card for reacting to a challenge from Jerko Leko as Germany succumbed to a shock 2—1 defeat.
Once again he was instrumental in Germany's 3—2 win, scoring one goal and setting up the other two. He also scored his country's first goal in the 3—2 semifinal victory against Turkey.
He captained the team for the first time in a friendly against the United Arab Emirates. Schweinsteiger featured often in World Cup qualifying , playing nine of the 10 games and contributing three goals.
He started in Germany's third pre-warm-up game vs. Bosnia on 3 June , and scored two penalties in a 3—1 victory in the space of four minutes, but in the 87th minute he was substituted off for Bayern Munich teammate Toni Kroos.
During the FIFA World Cup , Schweinsteiger was charged with replacing the injured Michael Ballack at the centre of midfield.
He performed admirably in this role, adding valuable leadership and international experience to a very young German side. He was vital to both the German attack and defence, as was apparent when he was named the Man of the Match after the quarter-final match against Argentina , where he provided two assists while also managing to contain Lionel Messi.
Germany subsequently lost to Spain in the semi-finals. Germany was able to rally for a 3—2 victory over Uruguay in the third-place match, and, with Philipp Lahm resting on the bench because of illness, Schweinsteiger served as captain.
Schweinsteiger established himself as first choice as defensive midfielder in Germany's qualifying group. He played five matches — once against each opponent: Belgium , Azerbaijan , Kazakhstan , Austria and Turkey — and helped Germany win 10 out of 10 games, scoring once and providing one assist.
Schweinsteiger made five appearances as Germany qualified for the FIFA World Cup. On 15 October , he won his th cap for the national team in a 5—3 win over Sweden.
After making a substitute appearance in the team's second match against Ghana , Schweinsteiger was selected to start in the third group game against the United States.
He was instrumental in the World Cup finals against Argentina and led the mid-field with sweeping passes for the German attack. Germany won the World Cup final 1—0 through Mario Götze 's th-minute goal.
Prior to the start of qualification, Schweinsteiger was appointed as the new captain for Germany after Philipp Lahm 's retirement.
On 31 May, Schweinsteiger was selected for Germany's final man squad for UEFA Euro On 12 June , Schweinsteiger scored in stoppage time after coming on late in a 2—0 group stage victory over Ukraine.
Schweinsteiger largely operates in the centre , but he is versatile enough to provide an option on the wing , either on the left or right flank.
During his years with Bayern, he was regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world. Schweinsteiger possesses a fearsome shot from range, as well as excellent crossing and a wicked delivery from set-pieces, while his boundless energy also serves him well.
He has been called "the brain" of the German national team by coach Joachim Löw ,  and has also been described as a "midfield mastermind".
Beyond his offensive and creative capabilities, he is also known for his defensive skills, work-rate, and tackling ability.
In Germany, where they know him even better than us, they call him a 'Fussballgott' [a "football god," in German] because he represents everything.
Schweinsteiger is a Roman Catholic. In September , he began a relationship with Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic.
Schweinsteiger was a talented Ski-runner and is childhood friends with Felix Neureuther. Bayern Munich Juniors  . Bayern Munich . Manchester United   .
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