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End of an era: Bastian Schweinsteiger bids goodbye to Germany

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger hides tears during a farewell ceremony prior a friendly soccer match between Germany and Finland in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. The captain plays his last match for the national team.AP

Bastian Schweinsteiger who captained 2014 World Cup winners Germany hides his tears before playing in his match for the Die Mannschaft. AP

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger waves to supporters during a farewell ceremony prior a friendly soccer match between Germany and Finland in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. The captain plays his last match for the national team.AP

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger waves to supporters during a farewell ceremony prior a friendly football match between Germany and Finland. AP

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger runs with the ball during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Finland in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.AP

Bastian Schweinsteiger played 121 appearances for Germany. His international career begun in 2004. AP

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger plays the ball during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Finland in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.AP

In his 121 appearances, Schweinsteiger scored 24 goals for the German national football team. AP

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger talks to a fan who jumped on the pitch during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Finland in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.AP

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger talks to a fan who jumped on the pitch during the match in Moenchengladbach. AP

Germany's captain Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the pitch during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Finland in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Schweinsteiger made his last match for the national team.AP

Bastian Schweinsteiger leaves the pitch for the last time for Germany. AP

Germany's national team throws their captain Bastian Schweinsteiger into the air after he played his last match for the national team in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Germany won the friendly soccer match against Finland with 2-0.AP

Germany's national team throws their captain Bastian Schweinsteiger into the air. AP

Germany's national team holding their captain Bastian Schweinsteiger one more time after he played his last match for the national team in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Germany won the friendly soccer match against Finland with 2-0.AP

Germany's national team holding their captain Bastian Schweinsteiger one more time as he bid adieu to international football. AP


Published Date: Sep 01, 2016 16:33 PM | Updated Date: Sep 01, 2016 22:13 PM

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