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. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. 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. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Germany's midfield titan Bastian Schweinsteiger ensures his country finally tastes glory after a World Cup final against Argentina where no quarter was given. Germany had triumphed and for all the admiring talk of this vibrant young team, for the brilliance of Mario Götze’s wonderful volleyed goal deep into extra-time, this World Cup had been won by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? This may not be his last World Cup but it must have felt like his best opportunity. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 13 July 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to determine the 2014 FIFA World Cup champion. 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. 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. 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. All rights reserved. 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. But there is also that old warrior Schweinsteiger. As the substitutes and coaching staff tore onto the pitch he lay on the turf bloodied, battered, barely able to comprehend, utterly exhausted. This triumph owed much to Löw’s assured coaching, his preparation and bold tactics as well as the innate talent of his squad. 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. He was again lying down, his legs twitching with pain as he was stitched up. It was not a classic final but it was enthralling all the same because no quarter was given. But not beaten. Schweinsteiger made his international debut in June 2004 in a friendly against Hungary and earned 121 caps before his retirement from international football in 2016. 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Six times, he got up. Bastian Schweinsteiger might have been left bloody by a challenge from Sergio Aguero, but the midfield maestro had the last laugh in the Maracana. 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. How he took it. Above all there was Schweinsteiger. 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. Löw would not be so negative. With this latest trophy Schweinsteiger now has as impressive a trophy haul as anyone in the modern game. 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. Raphael Honigstein: Bastian Schweinsteiger was floored six times by the Argentinians in the World Cup final. 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. 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. No way. 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. Then the celebrations began. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. 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. This meant so much. 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. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. 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. 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 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. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. His performance was extraordinary. 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. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Eyes squeezed tightly shut, deep in his thoughts. There were three amazing moments in extra-time alone. 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. Schweinsteiger, sporting boots with the tag, The Chosen One', was simply superb, even when faced with rough treatment by Manchester City striker Aguero. 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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. 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. 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. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Louis van Gaal, the man credited with turning him into the player he is today, is keen to take him to Manchester United. With Toni Kroos struggling disappointingly it meant that even more of the responsibility fell on Schweinsteiger. He was part of the Germany squad for every major tournament from UEFA Euro 2004 until Euro 2016. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The final whistle had gone. Löw oozed positivity beforehand predicting that whatever the result Germany could dominate world football for years to come and there is a body of evidence to support that claim in the impressive group of young players he has helped assemble with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Boateng, Kroos, Khedira, Götze, Thomas Müller, André Schürrle, Julian Draxler, Mesut Özil – the list goes on.

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