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Schweinsteiger rises up the hierarchy

It comes as no surprise to discover that Bastian Schweinsteiger has not forgotten his first Bundesliga goal. “Left-footed, low into the bottom right corner to make it 1-1,” he recalls for The date was 13 September 2003, the place Wolfsburg. “Simon Jentzsch was the keeper,” the FCB midfielder continues.

Five years on, Wolfsburg provide the opposition again on Saturday, and Schweinsteiger is looking forward to the match. “I seem to enjoy playing Wolfsburg, I’ve always had a good game against them,” he says. However, the 24-year-old of today has little in common with the player of five years ago. “A lot’s happened since then. Naturally, my game’s come on,” he opines.

‘Remarkable’ progress

Nowadays, Bastian rates as an influential figure both for Bayern and for Germany, and never more so than in the last few weeks, when he has earned praise for a string of battling displays and moments of great skill at critical junctures. He has two goals and four assists to his name from seven Bundesliga appearances, and netted an excellent second goal on Tuesday in Bayern’s 3-0 victory over Fiorentina.