Bastian Schweinsteiger’s retirement from international football sparked a variety of responses from the entire football fraternity. With a lot of players choosing to go down this road (retire from international football and continue with club football), many felt like this decision was not the best one. However, a lot of other felt like this was the right decision for the 31 year old. With 120 caps for his national team, fans of Germany will indeed miss their captain on field. Perhaps, the biggest moment for him would be winning the 2014 World Cup.
Schweinsteiger is expected to make a move away from Manchester United this summer. He has played for Germany at the European Championships in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 and the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.
The best of Germany have supported his decision though, including Philip Lahm. “It is his decision. I have great respect for him and his 120 caps, he is a world champion,” Lahm told reporters. “We had a great time in the national team as well.”
With his retirement from international football and an uncertain future with the Red Devils, what’s next for the Fussball Gott?
Schweinsteiger is undoubtedly a world-class player, so naturally people harbour a lot of expectations when it comes to him. His records speak for themselves but can he still perform and live upto those expectations?
Rumours about his supposed departure from Old Trafford are still very much in the limelight. Jose Mourinho has released a list of nine players available for transfers or loans, and it includes Schweinsteiger, Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane, James Wilson, Andreas Pereira, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, to name a few.
Honestly, however, Schweinsteiger does have a lot he can offer the club, even if he might not gel with the rigorous physical demands of a Jose Mourinho side. His experience can be a major influence on a young squad. As players get older, their ability to adapt different styles increases, and when it comes to Schweinsteiger, his experience can both influence and improve the players around him. However, the midfield structure of a new United under Mourinho and the new players available will make it difficult for Schweinsteiger to make any sort of strong impact.
Also, with Paul Pogba’s arrival at the club, he might not have the physicality and energy that a player like Pogba would have.
With everything said and done, one question really is, how would the Red Devils benefit from his departure?
When you look at his stats from last season, Schweinsteiger has made 890 successful passes from 18 games which resulted in a pass completion of 85%. When it comes to the world stage, Schweinsteiger is an extremely cool and collected midfielder who can maintain his composure even in the most demanding situations.
Having a player such as Schweinsteiger as a rotation player, will be the best option.
Losing a player like Schweinsteiger will affect the German team, but there are positives even in this situation. His fitness was a major issue as he struggled to fulfil his commitments with both country and club. Now, he will be able to focus more on his career in club football, depending on whether he remains at Old Trafford or wherever he goes next.
Lahm’s retirement allowed German youth to come into the defense and that did work out, catapulting some of them into well-deserved fame. Often times, youngsters gain more fame playing for their country and then get offers from the biggest teams. With Schweinsteiger’s spot up for grabs, this will be a good situation for some of the young German players and to test their potential.
As the international football world bids goodbye to one of the best midfielder of our times, who knows what new doors it might open for him in the world of club football?