On Tuesday the German national team announced they have a new captain.
After winning the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Philipp Lahm retired from international soccer and a replacement was needed for the Bayern Munich legend.
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Turns out, one of his club teammates was the perfect fit. Welcome, captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The 30-year-old midfielder was the obvious candidate for the job, as Joachim Low has appointed the veteran midfielder as his new skipper prior to Germany’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign beginning this weekend against Scotland.
Schweinsteiger has played 108 times for Germany since making his debut in 2004 and battled away in the engine room as Germany roared to success in South America this summer. Here’s what Low had to say about his new skipper.
“Schweinsteiger has always taken on responsibility when he had to. I could always rely on him,” Low said. “He is very well respected in the team and among the coaching staff. His immense experience is also important. We have developed a trusting relationship over many, many years.”
With Lahm stepping away from the international game at the age of 30, Schweinsteiger is the same age but has no such plans. He will lead Germany towards the 2016 European Championships in France as their most experienced squad member.
Over the summer Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose all retired from Die Mannschaft as a new era will be ushered in by Low. The German national team have so many talented youngsters such as Julian Draxler, Marco Reus, Matthias Ginter, Sebastian Rudy and Christoph Kramer among others. Now is there chance to shine.
The World champions may well be ringing the changes but some things never change. Like he has done for over a decade, Schweinsteiger will lead the charge. Now he has the armband to prove it.