Still only 25 but a permanent fixture in the Germany team, ‘Schweini’ is well on course to break Lothar Matthaeus’ record of 150 caps for Germany.
It is not trophies, not caps, that interest him though, and he said “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.”
He has collected plenty of silverware at club level. Winning the title again with Bayern this season was his fifth success in the Bundesliga and he has been involved in five domestic league/cup doubles.
Schweinsteiger played all seven games at the 206 World Cup but at Euro 208 was given a reprimand by chancellor Angela Merkel after getting himself sent off against Croatia. “She told me that I shouldn't do the same stupid things again,” he revealed.
World Cup-winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer recently said how impressed he has been with his improved attitude and focus: “What has changed with Schweinsteiger is that his football has become more important to him than his choice of hairstyle.”
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