Sch­weini re­tires, likely to join Ger­many setup

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Dort­mund: Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger is wel­come to join the Ger­many coach­ing staff, na­tional team coach Joachim Loew said just hours be­fore the vet­eran mid­fielder an­nounced his re­tire­ment on Tues­day. “The time has now come and I will be fin­ish­ing my ac­tive ca­reer at the end of the sea­son,” Sch­we­in­steiger wrote on Twit­ter.

“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.”

The 35-year-old for­mer Bay­ern Mu­nich and Manch­ester United mid­fielder has ef­fec­tively hung up his boots as his cur­rent team Chicago Fire team failed to make the MLS play-offs.

Shortly be­fore Tues­day’s an­nounce­ment on so­cial me­dia by Sch­we­in­steiger, Loew said the mid­fielder could join his staff.

“We will al­ways have a place for him,” said Loew in Dort­mund where Ger­many are pre­par­ing to host Ar­gentina in a friendly on Wed­nes­day. “I don’t know what his plans are,” he said, adding “any player who has ever played in the na­tional team, and has the goal of be­ing a coach, is al­ways wel­come here to get a taste of what it’s like.”

Sch­we­in­steiger’s for­mer na­tional team-mate Miroslav Klose was briefly part of Loew’s coach­ing staff, as a for­wards coach, un­til last year’s World Cup. Sch­we­in­steiger re­tired from the na­tional team in 2016 af­ter mak­ing 121 ap­pear­ances. Loew heaped praise on Sch­we­in­steiger, who helped in­spire a 1-0 ex­tra-time vic­tory over Ar­gentina in the 2014 World Cup fi­nal de­spite a cut un­der his right eye. “Ev­ery­one has a pic­ture of him in their heads: blood­stained in the Mara­cana (in the 2014 World Cup fi­nal), he got up again and again and gave every­thing. He is one of the great­est play­ers in Ger­man his­tory,” en­thused Loew.

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