German great Schweinsteiger hangs up his boots


Germany’s football legend Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from the game, as he now steps in to coaching career with the national team.

“The time has now come and I will be finishing my active career at the end of the season,” Schweinsteiger Tweeted.

“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.”

The 35-year-old midfielder has effectively hung up his boots as his current team Chicago Fire team failed to make the MLS play-offs.

Shortly before Tuesday’s announcement on social media by Schweinsteiger, Loew said the midfielder could join his staff.

“We will always have a place for him,” said Loew in Dortmund where Germany are preparing to host Argentina in a friendly on Wednesday.

Schweinsteiger retired from the national team in 2016 after making 121 appearances.