“Schweinsteiger’s road to success would not be easy, a journey that would take a number of twisting turns. From his international debut as a precocious teenager in the spring of 2004 through to that glorious moment of triumph in the Maracanã as a grizzled veteran with over a hundred caps over a decade later, he would weave and work his way through a number of phases. The promising youngster would give way to the impetuous and at times hotheaded youth, which would then be followed by a rocky period of injury, uncertainty and disappointment. Unlike many players who would retain the same essential character throughout their careers, Schweinsteiger would quickly learn from his mistakes – improving, developing and maturing like a fine wine. In Brazil, we would see the finest vintage on the biggest stage … His crowning moment would come in the final against Argentina. The comedian Schweini from 2006 and the peroxide blonde hothead from 2008 were now distant memories, and here was a man who was throwing everything into the fight while maintaining control of himself and encouraging those around him. Here he was, the master of his domain, the distributor, the commander, the indestructible midfield machine. The Terminator.” (x)
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