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Bundesliga Kick Off Marked 300th Appearance For Schweinsteiger

Tuesday 13th August 2013
Bastian Schweinsteiger took to the field on Friday evening for the 300th time in his club career. Before the kick off the all-action midfielder was awarded a player-of-the-year gong in front of the giant crown in the Allianz Arena. Bayern were kicking off a campaign which will see them attempt to defend the Champions League, Bundesliga and German cup trophies they won last season. While it was Pep Guardiola's first league match in charge of the Bavarian giants since he replaced Jupp Heynckes; the man who last season coached Bayern to an unprecedented trophy haul in German and European football. There was no place in the match day squad for big-money signing Thiago Alcantara, but the familiar faces of Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic, Franck Ribery and of course Schweinsteiger himself were among the players who helped Bayern ease past Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1.
Schweinsteiger, who was born in west Germany but joined the Bayern youth set up at the age of fourteen, has now won the Bundesliga six times, the German cup six times,  the German League Cup twice and got one Champions League winners' medal as well as two runners up medals. Not a bad haul for a man who is still to reach his thirtieth birthday. But with the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, a young, skilful player who will suit the style of new manager Pep Guardiola having worked under him at Barcelona, will it soon be time for the one-club-man to move to a new club and even a new league? With reported interest from both Manchester United and Chelsea this summer, and most clubs around Europe admiring the German midfielder, he may feel as though he has seen and done as much as he could at the club he joined at such a tender age. However with the arrival of Guardiola at the club, Schweinsteiger may feel as though the time has not quite yet come for him to move. Perhaps he will stay for one more season, waiting for new boys Alcantara and Gotze to gel with the players before departing the club he has spent fifteen years at.

Next summer's World Cup in Brazil will present itself with perhaps Germany's best chance in several tournaments to lift a major trophy. Although South-American weather conditions will pose something of an obstacle to all European sides competing in the tournament, Germany will be one of the favourites to make the final. The impressive number of German players that played in last season's champions League final makes for prosperous reading for German players and fans alike. The emergence of Neuer, Hummels, Schurrle, Gotze, Kroos, Gundogan, Draxler and Reus among others in recent seasons adds great quality and energy to the already vastly experienced German side which has included the likes of Schweinsteiger, Phillip Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski for some time now.

Schweinsteiger will be hoping that these exciting additions will inspire Germany to World Cup glory next summer, and that he can add an international trophy to an illustrious career that has so far seen his trophy cabinet filled with all major competition medals in German club football. Maybe then, we will see this world class midfielder grace the Premier League in search of even more success outside his homeland. Schweinsteiger will be thirty halfway into next years' summer transfer window, and may see it as an opportune time to move to one of England or Spain's premier clubs.
Declan Fisher
Journalism student at University of Salford, football enthusiast & blogger.

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