Germany's midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger walks away from international football two years after his crowning moment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Adorned with his club Bayern Munich, with Bundesliga and Champions League titles, he has fallen short with Germany. There were three amazing moments in extra-time alone. 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. Schweinsteiger, sporting boots with the tag, The Chosen One', was simply superb, even when faced with rough treatment by Manchester City striker Aguero. It is a jersey that clearly distinguishes itself as merchandise from Germ Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. But there is also that old warrior Schweinsteiger. It was not a classic final but it was enthralling all the same because no quarter was given. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Raphael Honigstein: Bastian Schweinsteiger was floored six times by the Argentinians in the World Cup final.

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. With Toni Kroos struggling disappointingly it meant that even more of the responsibility fell on Schweinsteiger. Germany's midfield titan Bastian Schweinsteiger ensures his country finally tastes glory after a World Cup final against Argentina where no quarter was given. 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. This meant so much.

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. 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.

The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. 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. 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. 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.

Then the celebrations began. Kramer was making his first competitive start for Germany – in a World Cup final – because Sami Khedira was cruelly injured in the warm-up. 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. 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. This may not be his last World Cup but it must have felt like his best opportunity. 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. He was again lying down, his legs twitching with pain as he was stitched up. Eyes squeezed tightly shut, deep in his thoughts. 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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