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Bastian Schweinsteiger
Spelling Bastien Schweinsteiger
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc The meticulous German orchestrated Bayern Munich’s midfield to eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League, making over 500 appearances for the club. He was also one of the leaders in Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning campaign and carried an aura in the centre of the pitch few players can claim to have replicated


Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Chicago Fire
  Manchester United
  Bayern Munich


Brother Tobias Schweinsteiger
Girlfriend Ana Ivanovic

2015 07 17 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger hit back at Franz Beckenbauer who advice him go to easier league such as MLS] I don’t know when Beckenbauer moved to America, but I am 30. It is a challenge for me to prove I can do it here, but I am confident I can adjust to the Premier League

I had my knee trouble after the World Cup which was very intensive for me and I had a break in October. But I have a lot of experience in big matches and that is an advantage. My style of play is to control a game, so you have to be smart in your brain and fast. I want to make a positive impact and I think I can contribute a lot to the team

[Schweinsteiger insists he can add to his trophy haul by winning the Premier League at United] Absolutely, that is my goal for my time here. I want to win titles and this is what Manchester United is used to and I am the same. I cannot guarantee titles, but I will guarantee that we will do everything to be successful in the season

I know the club is looking forward to winning titles again and I am the same. Bayern Munich is a big club, but Manchester United are bigger and I can see that. They are the biggest club in the world and I am sure this team has the quality to win titles

When I see what we do in training and the quality we have, I am sure we have the chance to win titles. I am convinced about that and I want to add my quality to United’s game

I had the chance to come to United in 2010. I thought about what to do because there were opportunities. My goal was always to win the Champions League with my club Bayern Munich, but now I am happy to be here and so is my brother Tobias. My brother is a huge Manchester United fan. He is a big Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs fan, but it was always also my dream to be a Manchester United player

I saw the 1999 Champions League final at home. My brother had the United jersey on and I had Bayern. I didn’t cry at the end, but my brother was very happy. I always followed the Premier League and we watched a lot of United games, so this is also a good move for my brother

2016 08 27 Retrieve

[Bastien Schweinsteiger speaks about his future] MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich. I will be ready if the team needs me. This is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks

2016 09 03 Retrieve

[A tearful Bastian Schweinsteiger bid an emotional farewell to the German national team in a 2-0 win over Finland in a friendly] I didn’t expect that emotion. Thank you all for coming here. I’m feeling so thankful and we’ll see each other in the future again

2017 05 13 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger reveals the differences he has seen playing in MLS to his time in Europe] We all know that this league is just not like the [English] Premier League or the [German] Bundesliga. And, of course, it can be frustrating on the pitch at times when things discussed [in the team meeting] are not implemented or when somebody loses a ball or just does not have an eye for the team-mate. I don’t blame anyone for it, that’s my problem - I need to adapt to the league and cope with those situations. If you compare it to Bayern Munich or the [Germany] national team, the difference is huge. But I knew what I let myself in for. The league is interesting because it’s evident everyone can beat everyone. And sometimes things happen you just don’t understand. This might be referee decisions or the running paths or passes of a team-mate. It’s different than in Europe, but you have to take things as they are

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Former Red Devil Bastian Schweinsteiger says Manchester United should let Paul Pogba leave if he wants to move on] If a player wants to leave the club, you shouldn’t stop him. You need players who are 100 per cent into the club and care about the club, that’s the only way you can survive at the top level and have success. Paul is a great player, he is just looking for a team where he can play the same style that he does with the France national team, so if you give him that kind of team around him, he would be happy at United

[United briefly enjoyed an upswing in their form following the sacking of Mourinho in December] I’m glad they have re-started their team and the way they play. It’s about time because United is a huge club with amazing supporters and they have players in the squad who can really be dangerous. They should play a nice way of football and I really hope that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lets the team play to their abilities and as far as I can see, he has done a good job. I would really like to see them win [the Premier League]. They have fantastic players, you just need to use them

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from professional football, with the former Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chicago Fire star hanging up his boots at the age of 35] Dear fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season. 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. Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart!

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger calls time on his footballing career] Dear fans, the time has now come and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season. You made this unbelievable time possible for me. 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

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger says Thomas Muller should consider a change of scenery, as the out-of-favour Bayern Munich man continues to be linked with Manchester United] [Louis] Van Gaal really wanted him. He was always asking me, ‘What’s your friend Thomas doing?’. He would have done us good at United back then. But Thomas was a bit younger, he did not want to leave Munich. Maybe that has changed in the meantime. His situation is different to mine back then. I was playing every game, then Van Gaal contacted me, I wanted to try something new. Thomas has often been on the bench lately, a change of scenery could do him good at the end of his career. He still has great quality

[Schweinsteiger said of Niko Kovac] I like Niko Kovac and I keep my fingers crossed for him. He managed to win the double last year and I hope he can do it again. In the end, quality prevails, and I see most of the quality in Bavaria

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger has welcomed the prospect of Jose Mourinho inheriting the managerial reigns at Bayern Munich having worked under the Portuguese at Manchester United] I can imagine Mourinho in Germany. I remember he was always asking me about Bayern and the Bundesliga. During our away games, there was always Bundesliga on TV. He really knew every single player, even from the smaller teams. He was also learning German. He has not worked in the Bundesliga, so I can well imagine that he would be tempted by a commitment in Germany

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Schweinsteiger backs Gotze for success after Dortmund departure] It is very, very unfortunate, I think. We all know that Mario Gotze was a great talent when he was younger. Now at the age of 27 or 28, these are the best years in football. It doesn’t have to be the best club in Europe, but I hope that he will find a club where he will play

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Bayern Munich are well equipped to win a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble this season] In a European comparison, it is a super team. They can win the Champions League, especially since Liverpool has already [been knocked out]. In the DFB-Pokal you also have a home game against Frankfurt. Even if the home advantage is no longer so great without a spectator, you know your own pitch better

[The 35-year-old revealed he is considering a path into coaching, though for now he is content to analyse matches as a TV pundit] If something interesting comes up at some point that I enjoy, I’ll think about it. But when I do something, I want to win and get something done. It suits me very well to analyse games, after a long career in which I was constantly asked to have more time for the family

[Wife Ana Ivanovic, who he married in 2016 and has two sons with, believes that her husband would be highly successful in the dugout] I’m convinced that Basti can become a great coach one day. He has a passion for it, is good with people and knows a lot about football

2020 05 31b Retrieve

[Schweinsteiger won’t rule out managerial role] If something interesting was to come up at some point that I would enjoy, I’d think about it. But whenever I do something, I want to win and achieve something

[Currently, Schweinsteiger is employed as an analyst with ARD and he says it is a role that he is enjoying] It suits me down to the ground to analyse games, especially after a long career in which I was constantly asking to have more time for my family.

You’re used to watching the games played out in front of 50,000 fans, but after this long break, I’m also happy to be able to finally watch football again. If a stadium is full, like in Dortmund, for example, the fans exert a tremendous pressure and that’s missing now

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[What David Luiz told Schweinsteiger just before Drogba’s goal in 2012 Champions League final] David Luiz came into the box and said to me: ‘And now: Goal!

[Schweinsteiger went on to admit that Jupp Heynckes struggled to raise volunteers for the shoot-out] Almost all of them p*ssed off. They flocked away, raised their hands and said: ‘I don’t want to,’. I didn’t want to see the disappointed faces. You knew: Now you can’t do better, it’s over

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Bastian Schweinsteiger says Bayern is a super team] In a European comparison, it is a super team. They can win the Champions League, especially since Liverpool has already [been knocked out]