Schweinsteiger walks away two years after his crowning glory: the 2014 World Cup.
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Maracana final was Schweinsteiger's finest hourHaving announced his international retirement Friday, Germany's midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger walks away from Die Mannschaft two years after his crowning moment in helping win the 2014 World Cup.Bloodied, but unbowed, Schweinsteiger was magnificent at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana stadium in the final, ensuring Germany controlled the midfield before Mario Goetze's extra-time winning goal.After 12 years and 24 goals in 120 international appearances, "Schweini" leaves having been a key factor in Germany reaching at least the semifinal stage of the last six major tournaments. By the 2010 World Cup, Schweinsteiger was in charge of Germany's midfield when Michael Ballack was ruled out by injury.
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