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Bastian Schweinsteiger

BornAugust 1, 1984

Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayern Munich and the German national team. Schweinsteiger signed with Bayern Munich as a youth team player on 1 July 1998. Having won the German youth championship in July 2002, Schweinsteiger quickly earned a place in the reserves. A left midfielder, he has excellent dribbling skills and is a specialist at set pieces. He signed a professional contract the following month and went on to appear in 14 Bundesliga games in 2002–03, helping Bayern to a league and cup double. The next season he played 26 Bundesliga games. He scored his first Bayern goal against VfL Wolfsburg in September 2003. Over the next three seasons, up until the end of 2007–08, Schweinsteiger made 135 appearances in all competitions for Bayern Munich (UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup), scoring 10 goals in the process. As of 16 October 2012, Schweinsteiger has been capped 97 times and has scored 23 goals for the Germany national football team since making his debut in 2004. Bastian Schweinsteiger made his international debut in 2004 in a friendly against Hungary. He scored his first two international goals on 8 June 2005 against Russia and scored his first goal in a competitive match against Tunisia on 18 June 2005 at the Confederations Cup.  
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