Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • Full Name: Bastian Schweinsteiger
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Birthday: August 1, 1984 (Age: 29)
  • Club: Bayern Munich
  • Height: 6' 0" (1.83m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
5 450 0 2 4

Bastian Schweinsteiger

With his gleaming white boots, customary wristband and explosive play, Schweinsteiger is an instantly recognisable element of both Bayern and Germany.

'Schweini' has long been identified as a player of no little skill and ability and first broke into the Bayern first team as a teenager in the 2002-03 season. The midfielder has since collected five Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and two League Cups during a trophy-laden career with the Bavarian side in which he has proved a key player for both club and country.

His versatility in switching from the wing to operate in a more central role - sometimes even in the holding position - makes him a vital player for his coaches and he could break Lothar Matthaus' record of 150 appearances for Germany if he steers clear of injury.

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.

Euro 2012

Opposition APP G ASS SH TAR FC FS YEL RED
Portugal 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
Netherlands 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
Denmark 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0
Greece 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0
Italy 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0