Schweinsteinger Retires From International Duty With Emotional Farewell Game

Surrounded by applause, Bastian Schweinsteiger couldn’t hold back the tears.

Schweinsteinger raised to the roof after the game.
Schweinsteinger raised to the roof after the game.

Germany’s number seven knew his moment was coming, but as the montage of his national-team career played and the standing ovation continued, he had no hope of stopping it. As in all great moments in sport, emotion conquers all.

Even before Max Meyer opened the scoring, Schweinsteiger’s weariness was showing. He waved to a group of fans near a corner flag. Huge cheers (Thomas Müller took over the support mantle soon after) burst out of the silent stadium, which with an announced attendance of just over 30,000, was about half full. Then a fan wearing a number seven jersey ran onto the pitch, took a selfie, hugged the legend and then walked off. A football retirement in 2016 wouldn’t be complete without a selfie, it seems.

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Schweinsteiger’s international career ended on 68 minutes.

“I was very emotional at the time,” head coach Joachim Löw said afterwards. “The years went through my head when he came off. I don’t think we would have had the success we’ve had without him,” he added.

Replaced by the man likely to be one of the new pillars in Germany’s team, Julian Weigl, Schweinsteiger smiled. Chants of “Basti” and “Fussballgott” (football god) accompanied him off the pitch before he hugged everyone on the team. Sat on the bench, Schweinsteiger was still wearing the captain’s armband.

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