Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

30 Jul 2016 | By Vijaya
A look at Bastian Schweinsteiger's football career

Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German national team's captain, announced retirement from the international football.

The 31-year old midfielder, with 120 international caps, took to Twitter to break the news.

He thanked his fans, and the German team and said that it was the "right time" and it was "sensible to finish now".

Shweinsteiger also regretted having lost the opportunity to win the Euro2016.

In context: A look at Bastian Schweinsteiger's football career

Affiliation with Bayern MunichBasti's early football days

Bastian Schweinsteiger who popularly goes by 'Basti' or 'Schweini' is a professional German football player. He plays in the midfield position.

Born in Kolbermoor, Germany, on 1 Aug 1984, Bastian began his career as Bayern Munich football club's youth team player in 1998.

He made his senior debut for Bayern in 2002, in a Champions League match against RC Lens.

Debut and first world cupPlaying for team Germany

Bastian made his international senior debut into German football team, at the age of 19, in 2004.

He went on to play in the 2006 World Cup, where he cemented his place as a defensive midfielder.

Schweinsteiger also claimed 'Man of the Match' during a third place play off against Portugal, where he scored two goals.

He was also part of 2010 World Cup.

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Treble with Bayern Munich

2013 trebleTreble with Bayern Munich

Schweinsteiger won several club titles with FC Bayern Munich, including 8 Bundesliga titles.

2013 was a great year for the him when Bayern won the Champions League title. It was the first time any German club won a treble - Champions league (European title) , Bundesliga (domestic league), and German Cup in the same season.

Basti bagged 'German Player of the Year' for 2013.

2014 World Cup2014 World Cup victory, the best career feat

Shweinsteiger's world cup win with Germany in 2014 was the best moment of his career.

He displayed his brilliance in all the matches he was part of.

This included the semi-final match against Brazil where the hosts were thrashed 7-1 .

Basti will be remembered for his inspired performance in keeping the Argentine attack at bay in the final, which Germany won 1-0.

Joining Manchester United

After playing for 13 seasons at Bayern Munich, Schweinsteiger left the German club in 2015, to play for the English giants, Manchester United. He has been part of it ever since.

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Marriage to Ana Ivanovic

Schweinsteiger got married to ace tennis player Ana Ivanovic, in July this year. They were in a relationship since 2014.

21 Mar 2017Schweinsteiger signs with MLS club Chicago Fire

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger signed a one-year contract with the MLS (Major League Soccer) side Chicago Fire.

The American club will offer him a deal worth $4.5 million, making him one of the highest paid players in MLS.

The former German captain has struggled for game time at Manchester United this season after falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho.