Slow and steady wins the race. A phrase which doesn’t seem to make any connection with football, but it will be wrong to deny it as a perfect caption for Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s career.
It has never been easy to dominate a spot in Bayern Munich’s central midfield the way Schweinsteiger has done.
Schweinsteiger has definitely become the heart and soul of Bayern’s midfield and maintained the role of keeping the central midfield strong through his great ball control and dribbling skills.
Schweinsteiger started his football career way back in 1998 as a Bayern academy member. It will be surprising for many to know that Bastian had won the German Super Cup in 2002, not in football, but in skiing and was also looking to pursue skiing as a career.
He scored his first goal in a Bayern shirt in 2003 against VFL Wolfsburg. Consistent performances for the club was pushing him into the big break for playing in the national team in the Euro 2004.
There was no stopping after this. He became a regular member of the Bayern and the German squad since then.
Schweinsteiger is a great package to have in your squad. His strength in midfield and the ability to pierce the ball through the central defence have been his main weapon for his enormous success.
The present Bayern midfield is regarded as the best in the world and with two strong wingers in the form of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, Bastian has been successful in letting them play their attacking style of football as he covers the midfield so wonderfully.
For this wonderful ability, he has been termed the 'midfield motor'.
Bastian is not only known for his assists, but is also for the brilliant goals he scores.
Schweinsteiger is a symbol of success at the highest level. It has not just been his dribbling skills, ball control and strength, but also his temperament which has impressed many of us.
He is a calm customer on the field and plays with a lot of purpose behind it.
With Schweinsteiger turning 28 today, it will all up to Pep Guardiola to develop a another master class midfielder in the coming years as a replacement for the ageing Bastian.
But it won’t be easy to find a player that can hold the multiple qualities that Bastian Schweinsteiger hold.
Schweinsteiger is one of those senior lads in the Bayern squad. He has made a total of 472 appearances for the club scoring 57 times and has achieved a lot in his long career right from 2002 to 2013.
The German international played a keen role in helping Bayern achieve the treble last season. For his wonderful performance in the year 2012, where he played magnificently well for his club and country, he was awarded the ‘German Player Of The Year’.
Some more awards include the prestigious induction into the FIFA World Cup 2010 team of the tournament. He is also a nominee for the UEFA Player Of The Year 2013.
With the kind of control and strength he possess at midfield , he will be certainly remembered in future as the king of midfield in Germany.
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