Germany’s World Cup Winner Schweinsteiger Announces Retirement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 28, 2018 former Bayern Munich’s midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger waves during his farewell match between his former teams FC Bayern Munich and Chicago Fire in the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on August 28, 2018.  Christof STACHE / AFP


Bastian Schweinsteiger is welcome to join the Germany coaching staff, national team coach Joachim Loew said Tuesday just hours before the veteran midfielder announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“The time has now come and I will be finishing my active career at the end of the season,” Schweinsteiger wrote on Twitter.

“Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me.”

The 35-year-old former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder has effectively hung up his boots as his current team Chicago Fire team failed to make the MLS play-offs.

Shortly before Tuesday’s announcement on social media by Schweinsteiger, Loew said the midfielder could join his staff.

“We will always have a place for him,” said Loew in Dortmund where Germany are preparing to host Argentina in a friendly on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what his plans are,” he said, adding “any player who has ever played in the national team, and has the goal of being a coach, is always welcome here to get a taste of what it’s like.”

Schweinsteiger’s former national team-mate Miroslav Klose was briefly part of Loew’s coaching staff, as a forwards coach, until last year’s World Cup.

Schweinsteiger retired from the national team in 2016 after making 121 appearances.

Loew heaped praise on Schweinsteiger, who helped inspire a 1-0 extra-time victory over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final despite a cut under his right eye.

“Everyone has a picture of him in their heads: blood-stained in the Maracana (in the 2014 World Cup final), he got up again and again and gave everything.

“He is one of the greatest players in German history,” enthused Loew.

“You could always feel his will to win. He was a great player and a great personality.”


Bayern Set Date For Schweinsteiger Testimonial

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 2, 2017 shows Bastian Schweinsteiger #31 of the MLS All-Stars as he passes against Real Madrid during the 2017 MLS All- Star Game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. PHOTO: JONATHAN DANIEL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Germany’s World Cup-winner Bastian Schweinsteiger has been granted a testimonial by ex-club Bayern Munich against his current team Chicago Fire, it was announced Saturday.

Schweinsteiger’s farewell match to Bayern’s fans will take place on August 28, 2018, at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

“Bastian Schweinsteiger had an extraordinary career at Bayern Munich and was instrumental in an extremely successful era,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement.

“With his outstanding personality, he was, and will always be, an important part of the Bayern family.

“As we see it, there is no doubt the player deserves a testimonial to say ‘thank you’ from  FC Bayern Munich.”

Schweinsteiger joined Bayern as a 13-year-old and spent 17 years with the German giants winning eight Bundesliga titles and lifting the German Cup a further seven times.

He played a key role in Bayern winning the 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles — the only time a German club achieved the feat.

His crowning success was a magnificent performance in the 2014 World Cup final when Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after extra time.

He left Bayern for Manchester United in July 2015 after making 500 appearances for Bayern and scoring 68 goals in all competitions.

A knee injury hampered his first season at Old Trafford and Schweinsteiger was demoted to the Under-23 team when Jose Mourinho took charge in August 2016.

He retired from international football after captaining Germany to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 having made a total of 120 appearances.

Schweinsteiger joined current club Chicago last March and scored two goals on his debut for the MLS club.

“I will be delighted to be back in the Allianz Arena and hopefully to meet many Bayern fans, who have been with me since the beginning of my career,” said Schweinsteiger in a statement.


Schweinsteiger Back To Manchester United First Team Training

bastian-schweinsteiger-manchester-unitedGerman international, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has returned to the first squad training with his old teammates at Manchester United.

The World Cup winner had trained alone or with the club’s under-23s since Jose Mourinho was appointed to manage the Red Devils in the summer.

The 32-year-old midfielder last played for the United in March, when Louis van Gaal was manager.

He had said in an interview that he had no personal problems with Coach Mourinho, and that Manchester United would be his last club in Europe.

Meanwhile, teammate Luke Shaw described the former German skipper as a big influence for the upcoming generation.

“It’s great to see him back. We found out the news a couple of days ago.

“He’s a big influence in the dressing room and obviously on the pitch, especially for the young players like myself,” BBC quoted Shaw as saying.

France Beat Germany 2-0 To Reach Euro 2016 Final

Euro 2016, France, Portugal, GermanyAntoine Griezmann scored twice to knock World Champions Germany out of Euro 2016 and send France through to the final against Portugal on Sunday.

Griezmann netted at the end of the first half from the penalty spot after a controversial handball decision against Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger conceded the penalty as replays showed his arm grazed the ball as he put his arms up while marking Patrice Evra from a corner.

Griezmann scored again in the second half after a mistake from German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer handed him an easy tap in.

It’s the first time that France have beaten Germany in the finals of a competition since 1958.

France Humble Iceland 5 – 2 In Euro 2016 Quarter Final

Euro-2016-FranceThe host nation of the on-going Euro 2016, France, have humiliated Iceland 5 – 2 to qualify for the semis.

The French demonstrated their superiority, as they shocked the Irish on Sunday night.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann set France ahead of Iceland, as they dominated the first half.

Arsenal striker, Giroud netted another fantastic goal in between Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason goals.

France would contest for the final match’s ticket with Germany who earlier beat Italy 6 – 5 on penalties.

Germany Beat Italy In Euro 2016 Quarter Final

Germany, Italy, Euro 2016Germany had to endure a long stretch of penalties as they defeated Italy 6-5 in the third quarter final match of the Euro 2016 championship.

The game had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of football.

Mesut Ozil broke the deadlock in the second half but the Germans’ lead lasted few minutes as Jerome Boateng’s handball in the box gave Italy a penalty which was well converted by Leonardo Bonucci.

The quality of their penalties were, however, not particularly good.

Thomas Mueller, Mesut Oezil and Bastian Schweinsteiger all missed for Germany while Simone Zaza, Graziano Pelle, Leonardo Bonucci and Matteo Darmian missed for Italy.

Germany goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, who was voted Man of the Match, said; “I have never experienced a shoot-out like this. I think most of the Italians just aimed into the middle.

“The 1-1 score we conceded during regular time was a bit unlucky. But I believe we were the better side and are deservedly through to the semi-finals.”

The total of 18 penalties ties the record for most penalties taken in a Euro penalty shootout.

The record was set in 1980 when Italy also lost 8-9 to Czechoslovakia in the 3rd place play-off.

Van Gaal Expresses Mixed Feeling After United’s Tuesday Victory

man utd boss, van gaalManchester United (Man Utd) boss, Louis van Gaal, has admitted that he was both pleased and disappointed by aspects of Manchester United’s performance during Tuesday night’s 3-1 International Champions Cup victory over San Jose Earthquakes at the picturesque Avaya Stadium.

Man Utd took the lead in California with Juan Mata’s neat finish before Memphis Depay bagged his first-ever goal for the club by capitalising on a sloppy back-pass on 36 minutes.

The hosts hit back through Fatai Alashe before Van Gaal made 10 changes at half-time, which led to a slightly disjointed second period in which Andreas Pereira scored his maiden senior goal with a header.

The United Boss said: “The first half I was satisfied. The players have performed what we wanted in the defensive organisation and they have created a lot of chances – 10 chances – and they scored two goals so I was satisfied. You can always be better but I was satisfied.

“In the second half, we played very badly, with a lot of ball losses, and the only highlight was the goal from Pereira. We did not give many chances away but we gave possibilities away. There was always a threat and that was not necessary. Our positions in midfield were not as good as the first half”.

For the second match in a row, following on from last week’s 1-0 win over Club America in Seattle, Bastian Schweinsteiger entered the fray at half-time and clocked up more invaluable minutes as he looks to improve his fitness after joining United from Bayern Munich.

However, Van Gaal admitted he was not pleased with the German’s display, though he was quick to point out that his summer signing has only completed a handful of training sessions this summer.

“He was also bad,” the manager admitted during his post-match press conference. “There was one highlight, I think, and that was Pereira. But players can play badly, certainly when you have only three days or six days of training sessions in your legs, and you have to play 45 minutes.

“Everybody can think it is easy to step in but it is not easy. In the first match, he (Schweinsteiger) played very well and now he played badly. That is also a process, certainly when you’ve only had one week of training.”

FIFA Announces 15 Midfielders For FIFPro World XI

FIFAFIFA has announced the 15 midfielders in contention to make this year’s FIFPro World XI, with only the forwards short-list left to be unveiled on December 1.

After the unveiling of the five goalkeepers and 20 defenders who made the shortlist, the 15 midfielders to be added to it are now also known. The shortlist would be completed by the 15 forwards to be announced on December 1.

The midfield shortlist includes three World Cup winners with Germany, Captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil each making the cut, as announced by FIFA on Friday.

FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide. It is the only global award that truly represents the views of those who play the beautiful game.

The midfielder shortlist announced by FIFA is: (home country / club)

Xabi Alonso (Spain / FC Bayern München);

Angel Di Maria (Argentina / Manchester United FC);

Cesc Fabregas (Spain / Chelsea FC);

Eden Hazard (Belgium / Chelsea FC);

Xavi Hernandez (Spain / FC Barcelona);

Andres Iniesta (Spain / FC Barcelona);

Toni Kroos (Germany / Real Madrid CF);

Luka Modric (Croatia / Real Madrid CF);

Mesut Oezil (Germany / Arsenal FC);

Andrea Pirlo (Italy / Juventus FC);

Paul Pogba (France / Juventus FC);

James Rodriguez (Colombia / Real Madrid CF);

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany / FC Bayern München);

Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire / Manchester City FC);

Arturo Vidal (Chile / Juventus FC)

Thousands Welcome World Cup Winning German Stars

GERMANY RETURNSPlayers of 2014 FIFA World Cup winning Germany team were given a rousing welcome as thousands of fans greeted their heroes in Berlin after their triumph in Brazil.

Coach Joachim Low and his stars landed in the German capital as many had gathered since dawn to welcome the players who touched down from Brazil on Tuesday morning.

Captain Philipp Lahm was the first to step off the plane and was followed by club and German team-mate, Bastian Schweinsteiger, with a huge crowd singing “Football’s Coming Home” on the airport’s viewing terrace.

There were chaotic and jubilant scenes in Berlin city centre with thousands lining the streets to witness the players on top of the team bus emblazoned with the years they have won the competition – 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014 and was unveiling the famous trophy as the parade made its way to the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

The President of the German Football Association (DFB) Wolfgang Niersbach was excited about the reception for the squad .

“This is a dream. Seeing this enthusiasm. I do not know what in our country more can trigger this sense of belonging as this World Cup.

“Our players are looking forward incredibly to enjoy this moment.”

Germany coach, Low held the trophy aloft to the sound of much cheering and applause as the truck slowly made its way through the thick crowds with hundreds of fans following behind as they hailed their heroes.

It has been an incredible few weeks for the Germany team, who began the World Cup by sweeping Portugal aside 4-0 before demolishing the Brazilian hosts 7-1 in the semi-finals which has led to the downfall of Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The final was more of a battle against a better Argentina side that had Barcelona star, Lionel Messi and it looked all set for a penalty shoot-out, only for midfielder, Mario Gotze, to volley in a stunning winner in extra-time as Low became the first man to lead a European team to World Cup glory in South America.

Suarez Bite Match Referee To Handle Brazil-Germany Semi Final

Marco-Antonio-RodriguezFIFA has announced the referee for match 61 of the FIFA World Cup™, the first semi-final between Brazil and Germany. It will be Marco Rodríguez, the Mexican referee who officiated in the match that saw Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez bite Italian Giorgio Chiellini.

Rodriguez, who did not see the incident involving Suarez and Chiellini during the match, which led to the Uruguay star being thrown out of the tournament and banned from football for four months, now has the task of keeping order in Sao Paulo for Tuesday’s game.

The 40 year old, who sent off Italy’s Claudio Marchisio in the same Group D fixture, during this tournament, also officiated in the group-stage match – Belgium v. Algeria.

Brazil 2014 is the third FIFA World Cup™ for Rodríguez and he refereed two games at each of the last two editions but has never officiated in a knockout stage match. In 2010, one of his matches was Germany’s 4-0 victory over Australia.

During his career, Rodríguez has been selected for several international tournaments, including five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013), the Copa América 2004, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2009 and three FIFA U-17 World Cups (2003, 2005 and 2013).

At club level, he has refereed three CONCACAF Champions League finals, and his most prestigious assignment was the final of the FIFA Club World Cup 2007 between Boca Juniors and AC Milan. He later oversaw Al Ahly v. Corinthians in the 2012 semi-finals of the same competition.

Meanwhile, Germany midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has warned match officials in the semi-final to keep an eye on Brazil’s physical approach.

“Hard challenges definitely are part of their game, it’s something we have to be careful of and the referee too,” Schweinsteiger said.

EURO 2012: Schweinsteiger passes fitness test,to play against Portugal

Han-Wilhelm Muller-Wolfahrt, the team doctor for Germany has given German and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger a clean bill of health after a fitness test to feature in Germany’s first game in EURO 2012 tournament.

The Team Doctor recommended that the German can now be listed among the first team squad billed to face Portugal which also is the first game of the tournament for Germany.

The influential Bayern Munich midfielder recently suffered a succession of nagging injuries, and there were initial doubts over whether he would be able to participate in first game of his country.

The 27-year-old expressed so much joy when the team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt confirmed that he will be at Joachim Low’s disposal for the clash with Portugal.

According to the team doctor “Bastian has no problems, no more pain, he will be available but cannot begin training until Monday because has a bit to do to get fully fit of course, but I’m assuming that he will be ready to face Portugal.”

The game between Germany and Portugal will be kicking off on June 9th in Lviv.