The captain is back, Bastian Schweinsteiger made a heros return to the German national football team when he scored Germany’s second goal against the Ukraine in the second minute of added time after having only come on two minutes earlier.
Schweinsteigers own celebrations, those of his team mates and the whole contingent along with the fans showed that everyone was happy with and for Germany’s captain, who after his transfer from Bayern Munich to Manchester United had a very difficult season with numerous injuries and doubts by experts if Germany coach Joachim Löw was wise to take a not fit Schweinsteiger to the Euros.
Löw had said on numerous occasions that Schweinsteiger along with centre-back Mats Hummels who both were not fit when they arrived at the Germany camp in Ascona ahead of Euro 2016 that they would be important towards the business end of the tournament as experience at the top level, especially of these two players over the last few tournaments especially the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil would be important to Germany’s overall success.
That Schweinsteiger would come on as a substitute in the first game and directly score two minutes later, his first goal for Germany in five years, came also as a surprise to Löw, but will further enhance and quicken Schweinsteigers recovery process.
After the 2014 FIFA World Cup triumph in Brazil, Germany lost captain Philipp Lahm, defender Per Mertesacker and striker Miroslav Klose due to retirements. This left a void in Germany’s team hierarchy and that was supposed to be filled by Schweinsteiger along with other players like Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Sami Khedira.
For this but also as an aggressive leader in moments of pressure that is something for which Löw needs Schweinsteiger as everyone remembers the pictures and footage of a bloodied Schweinsteiger against Argentina in the 2014 final, which led to Germany winning the FIFA World Cup.
Yesterday Germany took only a first step at Euro 2016, but for their captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is was an important moment of success, which could lead him and the team to more in the weeks to come.