You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. A bloodied face did not deter the 29-year-old as he continued to probe and set the tone for the Germans, winning tackles, being smart in possession and leading the team in his quiet manner. Germany's midfield titan Bastian Schweinsteiger ensures his country finally tastes glory after a World Cup final against Argentina where no quarter was given. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Adorned with his club Bayern Munich, with Bundesliga and Champions League titles, he has fallen short with Germany. As he ran with the ball not just Mascherano but also Lucas Biglia launched at him, he was double-teamed and doubled up and Mascherano was fortunate to survive when he should have received a second caution. How he took it. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Schweinsteiger redoubled his efforts. The final whistle had gone. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. 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. Bastian Schweinsteiger might have been left bloody by a challenge from Sergio Aguero, but the midfield maestro had the last laugh in the Maracana. Kramer was making his first competitive start for Germany – in a World Cup final – because Sami Khedira was cruelly injured in the warm-up. In pictures: Germany celebrates after winning World Cup 2014 Show all 15 A bloodied face did not deter the 29-year-old as he continued to probe and … Mon 14 Jul 2014 17.00 EDT A World Cup winners' medal will sit alongside seven Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League title in his trophy cabinet. 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. With this latest trophy Schweinsteiger now has as impressive a trophy haul as anyone in the modern game. 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. The driving force of Germany's midfield put in a steely performance against Argentina which drove his team onto World Cup glory Steven Bloor Mon 14 Jul 2014 … With Toni Kroos struggling disappointingly it meant that even more of the responsibility fell on Schweinsteiger. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. It was not a classic final but it was enthralling all the same because no quarter was given. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? At that whistle Schweinsteiger, when he finally was able to drag himself up, hugged Lukas Podolski and clenched his fist. But not beaten. After 12 years and 24 goals in 120 international appearances, "Schweini" leaves a proud legacy, with Germany having reached at least the semi-final stage of the past six major tournaments. Schweinsteiger, sporting boots with the tag, The Chosen One', was simply superb, even when faced with rough treatment by Manchester City striker Aguero. 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. World Cup 2014: Bastian Schweinsteiger drives Germany to victory in enthralling final. Eyes squeezed tightly shut, deep in his thoughts. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. ADIDAS BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER GERMANY AUTHENTIC PLAYERS ADIZERO HOME MATCH JERSEY FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 INCLUDES FINAL MATCH DETAIL FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 The Adidas DFB Cup 2014 Authentic jersey is "in game" Jersey of the German national team. At best Aguero accidentally scratched the midfielder just below the eye, but at worst he intentionally caaught him in the face with his left and right hands - replays and close ups were inconclusive on Aguero's intentions. Löw would not be so negative. Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates after winning the World Cup, In pictures: Germany celebrates after winning World Cup 2014, World Cup 2014: Bloodied Bastian Schweinsteiger lives up to his, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Finally he desperately stopped a last Argentina attack, limped off, back turned, hands on hips, a picture of pain, unable to straighten his body as Lionel Messi’s free-kick sailed high over the crossbar. On the eve of the final he had spoken in admiration of Argentina’s Javier Mascherano, “the leader of the pack of wolves” Schweinsteiger had called him, and this was a dog-eat-dog encounter which was brutally attritional from the moment Ezequiel Garay had left Christoph Kramer dazed and concussed with a fierce, unpunished shoulder barge. 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. Louis van Gaal, the man credited with turning him into the player he is today, is keen to take him to Manchester United. As the substitutes and coaching staff tore onto the pitch he lay on the turf bloodied, battered, barely able to comprehend, utterly exhausted. German soccer fans react after the deciding goal for Germany in the final of the Brazil World Cup 2014 between Germany and Argentina played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at a public viewing area called 'Fan Mile' in Berlin, German fans at Hophaus celebrate the winning goal while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina in Melbourne, Australia, German fans celebrate as they drive along the 'Reeperbahn' red light district in Hamburg after Germany won the World Cup soccer final against Argentina, German fans celebrate during a firework after an outdoor screening near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, German fans celebrate at an outdoor screening near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, German soccer fans celebrate after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in downtown Frankfurt, Germany, A German fan celebrates with vuvuzelas on the Kufuerstendamm avenue in Berlin, More than 200,000 Germany fans thronged in central Berlin for the World Cup final, turning an avenue behind the Brandenburg Gate into a sea of black, red and gold flags, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and German President Joachim Gauck (R) react during the FIFA World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Germany's Shkodran Mustafi lifts the trophy amid his teammates after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Germany's Mario Goetze and his girl friend Ann-Kathrin Broemmel, as they hold the trophy during the party of the German soccer federation after Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after extra-time in the soccer World Cup final to win its fourth title in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Germany's Lukas Podolski carries his son Louis Gabriel after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hugs Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer following their 1-0 victory over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Germany's head coach Joachim Loew celebrates after the final whistle of the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Germany's Thomas Mueller (R) lifts the trophy beside his teammates after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The midfielder overcame a strong challenge from Sergio Aguero. Germany's midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger walks away from international football two years after his crowning moment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. All rights reserved. No way. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? 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. His performance was extraordinary. Schweinsteiger was first up the steps as the medals were presented, also, a deep dark welt below his eye where Agüero had caught him and a fresh shirt on his back. And all this from a player who has been hampered by serious injury, who came into this World Cup struggling for fitness with damaged knees and with coach Joachim Löw doubting whether he could last 90 minutes, interchanging him with Khedira as he nursed them both back. Above all there was Schweinsteiger. This may not be his last World Cup but it must have felt like his best opportunity. The outstanding performers were the defenders – there were epic displays from Garay and Pablo Zabaleta and for Germany there was Jérôme Boateng and Philipp Lahm – as they thwarted attack after attack. But there is also that old warrior Schweinsteiger. Bloodied but unbowed, Schweinsteiger was magnificent at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium in the final, ensuring Germany controlled the midfield before Mario Goetze’s extra-time winning goal against Argentina.

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