The kingpin of Germany’s national team, coach Joachim Low will look to this battle hardened and proven world class performer to lead his side to glory at Euro 2012 this summer.
Schweinsteiger’s absence from the Germany side serves to highlight his importance to their plans, with his ability to dictate the pace of the midfield exchanges making him a vital player in a team loaded with more youthful performers who may be in need of guidance from a talisman of this quality.
Closing in on a century of international caps, Schweinsteiger has seen plenty of changes in the Nationalmannschaft line-up during his time as a mainstay, which has included eye-catching displays in Euro 2004 and 2008, as well as the last two World Cup finals.
His contribution to the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign included five valuable performances and a goal in the away game against Turkey. Now comes the challenge of finally winning a major tournament to crown his magnificent career.
Strengths: Schweinsteiger largely operates on the wing, either left or right, but he is versatile enough to provide an option in the centre. He possesses a fearsome shot from range as well as a wicked delivery from set-pieces and his boundless energy serves him well.
Weaknesses: He is often perceived to have an arrogant streak and his impetuous nature has got him into trouble in the past.
Career high: Winning the Bundesliga and German Cup and taking the club to the Champions League final in 2009-10.
Career low: Being shown a red card for pushing Croatia's Jerko Leko in the second game of the group stages at Euro 2008. German chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned him against doing so again.
Style: Dynamic, energetic, direct, a classy midfielder.
Quotes: "I'd rather finish with 90 caps and win the World Cup or the European Championships than end up as the most-capped player without winning any major prize." Bastian Schweinsteiger, September 2009.
Trivia: Schweinsteiger's partner, Sarah Brandner, is one of Germany's most famous WAGS and the model came to the attention of males all over Europe when being pictured in a national shirt, carrying pints of beer during a game at Euro 2008.