Germany coach Joachim Low has described the retired Bastian Schweinsteiger as one of the greatest players Germany has ever had.
Talking on Tuesday before Schweinsteiger made the announcement, Low said ‘he was a great player and also a great personality’.
The 35-year-old has called time on a glittering career which featured a World Cup triumph with Germany in 2014 and numerous trophies with Bayern Munich, including the 2013 Champions League.
After spending most of his career with Bayern, he had two seasons at Old Trafford before moving in 2017 to Chicago Fire, who failed to reach the MLS play-offs at the end of last month.
Schweinsteiger wrote on social media: “Dear Fans, the time has now come and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season.
“I would like to thank both you and my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team. You made this unbelievable time possible for me!
“And of course I would like to thank my wife Ana Ivanovic and my family for their support. 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 soon. I will remain faithful to football
“Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart.”
Watch Low share his thoughts on Schweinsteiger above.
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Argentina trained on Tuesday at the Sportschule Kaiserau on the eve of their friendly game against hosts Germany at Signal-Iduna-Park stadium in Dortmund.
Against Germany, head coach Lionel Scaloni won’t have Lionel Messi, who has been suspended for three months by CONMEBOL for publicly criticising the organisation during the last Copa America.
Scaloni can’t count on Boca Juniors and River Plate players either, since the two teams will face off in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final on Wednesday, October 23.
After the match against Germany, Argentina will fly to Spain, where on Saturday they will play against Ecuador in Elche.
Antoine Griezmann is just as happy playing for Barcelona as he is for France despite rumours of dressing room unrest amid an underwhelming start at the Catalan giants, his club and national side team-mate Clement Lenglet said on Tuesday.
“I am with him at the club and he is very happy there too. He’s someone who is smiling every day and that doesn’t change when he arrives in the French team,” Lenglet told reporters ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.
“He makes the most of everything, he loves making jokes and he doesn’t change whether he’s with the French team or Barcelona.”
Griezmann was left on the bench for Barca’s 4-0 drubbing of Sevilla on Sunday after failing to live up to his 120 million-euro ($135 million) price tag in the opening weeks of the season, scoring three goals in nine games.
Lionel Messi has also denied suggestions of a rift between him and the Frenchman, who joined from Atletico Madrid in July, as he struggles to find a settled position in Ernesto Valverde’s three-man forward line.
“For me, he’s a player that has just arrived — and at a club like Barca, who play a little differently from other clubs — and he’s already scored three goals. He works a lot for the team.
“He helps us a lot with his talent, with his defensive effort, because he is a player who sacrifices a lot for the team. I don’t think there is any problem with Antoine Griezmann.”
Griezmann was replaced in Barca’s starting line-up against Sevilla by another French forward, Ousmane Dembele, who scored before being sent off for dissent late on.
Dembele will miss the clash with Real Madrid on October 26 if banned for two games, continuing a disjointed start to the campaign for the 22-year-old, who has already sat out six games this term through injury.
“If he gets consistent game time, he is a player who has all the qualities to play for the French team,” said Lenglet, who is expected to start France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland on Friday and Turkey on Monday.
“Unfortunately he got this red card that will slow him down a bit again. He has a lot of talent, he’s unpredictable, he has qualities that are quite unusual. But it takes experience so he can play matches and perform.”
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