Bayern and Germany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger to retires from active football
The German began his footballing career with Bayern’s youth side in 1998, before being promoted into the first team proper, and eventually signing his first ever professional contract in 2002/03. He spent seventeen season’s with the Bavarian’s, playing approximately 500 games and scoring 68 goals in that process. During those years, Schweini won eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal titles, a UEFA Champions League title, a FIFA Club World Cup trophy and a UEFA Super Cup title.
In 2015, Bastian joined Manchester United, spending 18-month with the Red Devils. He played a part as United won a major trophy [FA Cup] for the first time, since the departure of legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Following his spell with United, Schweinsteiger joined Chicago Fire in the MLS.
Bastian Schweinsteiger made his international debut in 2004 with the German national team, playing between 2004 and 2016, and becoming the fourth most capped player of all time for the German national team, with 121 caps. The midfielder was an integral member when the German national team won the 2014 World Cup in after overcoming Argentina in the grand finale.
On October 8, 2019, Schweinsteiger revealed that he will be retiring from active football at the end of the season saying -“Dear fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season,” he wrote in a post on social media on Tuesday. “I would like to thank both you, my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team. You made this unbelievable time possible for me!“
“And of course, I would like to thank my wife Ana Ivanovic and my family for their support. Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon. I will remain faithful to football.”