At just 23, Bastian Schweinsteiger can already be considered a mainstay of both the German national team and his club Bayern Munich.
A left midfielder, who can also play on the right, he has a hard shot, great dribbling skills and is a specialist at set pieces. He can also play as a defensive midfielder or just behind the strikers.
Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld gave Schweinsteiger his debut as a late substitute in a UEFA Champions League game against RC Lens in November 2002, and the youngster made an immediate impact, creating a goal for Markus Feulner within minutes. He signed a professional contract the following month and went on to appear in 14 Bundesliga games in 2002–03, helping Bayern to a league and cup double. The next season he played 26 Bundesliga games.
A regular in Bayern’s first team by the age of 19, a then-uncapped Schweinsteiger was one of the late additions to Germany’s Euro 2004 squad and went on to feature in all three games Rudi Voller’s men played there. He earned rave reviews for his performances, showing combative skills and even setting up the opening goal for teammate Michael Ballack in Germany’s 2-1 loss against the Czech …Read more »