The 2014 World Cup saw Joachim Low's side reign victorious and bring back the most prestigious trophy in world football for the first time in 24 years.
German coach Joachim Low has referred to Schweinsteiger as one of the greatest players Germany has ever produced. Nicknamed the 'Midfield Motor', he was a multi-talented midfielder who could play a large number of roles.
He could dictate play and succeeded at both club and international level. Known as 'the brain' of the German team, he was also renowned for his tackling and robust defensive play.
Schweinsteiger is most well known for playing at Bayern Munich for 17 years. He left Bayern for Manchester United in 2015 but played irregularly during an 18-month spell at Old Trafford. He then moved to MLS side Chicago Fire before announcing his retirement in October 2019.
Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chicago Fire
Schweinsteiger joined Bayern Munich as a youth team player on July 1, 1998, and quickly rose through the club's ranks. Despite being a talented ski-runner, he decided to pursue a career as a professional soccer player.
In the 2012/13 season, Schweinsteiger performed at his formidable best, forming a strong partnership with new signing Javi Martinez in the centre of midfield. He scored the goal that sealed the title for Bayern Munich against Eintracht Frankfurt and ended the season on a high by claiming the treble - the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League. He was named German Player of the Year in 2013 and was described by then Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes as the best midfielder in the world.
Bastian Schweinsteiger lifts the Champions League trophy after Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 final in Wembley.
On May 23, 2015, Schweinsteiger scored in his 500th and last game for Bayern Munich as he was transferred to Manchester United just two months later. Schweinsteiger was a fan favourite at Bayern and was called Fussballgott (Football God) by Bayern's fans.
Schweinsteiger moved to Manchester United for £6.5million and in their pre-season game against Club America on July 17, 2015, became the first German to play for the United first team. However, during his time in Manchester, he struggled to reach the same standards he had done while at Bayern.
After the arrival of new manager Jose Mourinho, Schweinsteiger was demoted to training with the under-23 team. This wasn't taken well by high-profile former players, who criticised Mourinho's handling of the situation. Despite subsequently being selected in the first team once again, he never really got going as a Red Devil and his departure was inevitable.
On March 29, 2017, Schweinsteiger joined MLS side Chicago Fire. By mid-season, he had imposed himself on the league and was named to the "MLS All-Star Fan XI" to face Real Madrid in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game in Chicago. He also guided the Fire back to the play-offs after a five-year absence. His performances earned him a contract extension for the 2018 season.
Life in the German national team
Schweinsteiger made his international debut in June 2004 in a friendly against Hungary, the first of 121 caps he would earn for Germany. He played in every major tournament for Die Mannschaft from UEFA Euro 2004 until Euro 2016.
At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was brought in to be the experienced head in a young German side in place of the injured Michael Ballack.
His experience proved vital as he was able to keep Lionel Messi under wraps in a man-of-the-match performance in the quarter-finals against Argentina, where he got two assists in a 4-0 victory. Germany lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners Spain but overcame this setback to win the third-place play-off against Uruguay in a game in which Schweinsteiger was captain.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, captain of Germany, holds aloft the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina in the 2014 final
After Euro 2016, Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international soccer. He had been the captain of the German team at the tournament. His final match was a friendly against Finland a month later.