Germany's midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger walks away from international football two years after his crowning moment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Adorned with his club Bayern Munich, with Bundesliga and Champions League titles, he has fallen short with Germany. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. This triumph owed much to Löw’s assured coaching, his preparation and bold tactics as well as the innate talent of his squad. Eyes squeezed tightly shut, deep in his thoughts. The midfielder overcame a strong challenge from Sergio Aguero. No one won the ball more than he did, no one passed it more successfully, or more often, as he pushed Germany on in the face of growing adversity as they lost Khedira, as they lost Kramer, as Kroos almost gifted Gonzalo Higuaín a goal and as Mats Hummels cramped up so badly that he could barely walk. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. As the substitutes and coaching staff tore onto the pitch he lay on the turf bloodied, battered, barely able to comprehend, utterly exhausted. Germany's midfield titan Bastian Schweinsteiger ensures his country finally tastes glory after a World Cup final against Argentina where no quarter was given. But not beaten. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. No way. Euro 2004, the World Cup in 2006, Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 – Schweinsteiger played in them all and came so close in them all. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. This meant so much. It was not a classic final but it was enthralling all the same because no quarter was given. Kramer was making his first competitive start for Germany – in a World Cup final – because Sami Khedira was cruelly injured in the warm-up. 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Germany were worthy champions and Schweinsteiger, who cradled that World Cup longer than anyone, the symbol of that victory and what the uncompromising lengths it had taken to earn it. But don't count on a move - 'Basti' has just seen off the talented Toni Kroos, who has joined Real Madrid, to remain Bayern's main man. The ultimate midfielder in the world’s best midfield, who not only collected his 107th cap but also something far more precious, something that has eluded him and Germany throughout his career: a winner’s medal. Two Argentina players, Mascherano and Sergio Agüero, could have been sent off because of their desperate efforts to stop the 29‑year-old who got stronger and more defiant as he drove his team forward. Then Agüero, also on a yellow card, caught him in the face and with blood streaming from his head Schweinsteiger was taken to the touchline, berating the world. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger walks away from international football two years after his crowning moment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Germany defeated Argentina 1–0 in extra time, with the only goal being scored by Mario Götze, who collected André Schürrle's cross from the left on his chest before volleying a high left-footed shot into the net. The Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder was sublime in the centre of the park for Joachim Low's team, completing 90 per cent of his passes as Germany eventually overcome Argentina to win a fourth World Cup. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Raphael Honigstein: Bastian Schweinsteiger was floored six times by the Argentinians in the World Cup final. 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