Created on 01-08-2014 at 08:36 AM
When Bastian Schweinsteiger made his first-team debut for Bayern in a 3-3 Champions League draw with Lens 11 years and 260 days ago, few observers could have predicted with certainty that the then 18-year-old hopeful would go on to become a figure of global stature in the game. The FCB youth product soon became a crowd hero and remains an absolute home favourite after 472 appearances for the Reds and counting.
Schweinsteiger’s consistent effort and application has earned him a long list of honours. At club level with Bayern, he has won the German championship and DFB Cup seven times each, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. And the 2013 German Footballer of the Year has now realised another of his greatest dreams with his country’s World Cup triumph in Brazil.
The dynamic midfielder celebrates his 30th birthday on 1 August. All the very best from everyone here at fcbayern.de, as we also pass on heartfelt congratulations from an array of current and former personalities at the club.
Birthday messages for Bastian Schweinsteiger
Pep Guardiola: “I wish him nothing but the best on his birthday, but good health more than anything else. I hope he's spared injury and continues to play at his exceptionally high level in the future.”
Hermann Gerland: “I first got to know Bastian in 2001. Even then he was an exceptional character and always good for a laugh, just as he is today. I remember him dying his hair black when he was still a kid. I said to him: 'Just you keep running until you go blonde again!' Bastian was always getting up to that kind of thing, but his heart is in the right place. Whenever our juniors train with the pros, they always come back talking about how much Bastian looked after them. He was a boarder in the club academy himself, and he was always playing football. He was obsessed. I'm delighted he's a world champion now and made a decisive contribution to Germany winning the World Cup. He has a global reputation nowadays and FC Bayern can be proud of him. I'd love to win lots more trophies with him, but above all else I hope he stays fit and healthy.”
Giovane Elber: “Basti has come on really well. I remember when he joined the senior squad. He was a cheeky kid and his head was full of stuff and nonsense, but he was a quick learner and became a true professional. Just look at the trophies he's won with Bayern, and now the World Cup with Germany. He’s well-known in Brazil these days. That was true before the World Cup but even more so now, because he contributed a lot to the country during the tournament, helping street kids and the indigenous people. And he was photographed wearing a Flamengo replica shirt in Rio de Janeiro. But despite it all he's still a normal guy. That's important and he should make sure he doesn't change.”
Paul Breitner: “Bastian, slowly but surely you're getting older, but you have to grin and bear it. And believe me, it's not bad at all because you're reaching an age where you have a sense of perspective. I hope you keep following your own path and stay true to the real you.”
Tobias Schweinsteiger: “Even as a kid, Basti always wanted to be first, in skiing and in football. He's realised two childhood dreams by winning the Champions League and the World Cup, but I think he wants more. He's denied himself a lot in his life in order to pursue the dream, and he's gone after it with ambition, desire, a bit of luck and daily hard work. Enjoy your special day, Basti. You only turn 30 once. Okay, so you look 35 already, but I'm delighted you’ve stayed young. I wish you very good health, because that's the most important thing, and that you continue to enjoy what you do both privately and professionally. All the very best!”
Mark van Bommel: “Basti is simply world-class! He's won everything there is to win in football and he's only 30. I'm really pleased I got to play with him. I was alongside him when he played in defensive midfield for the first time, but it worked out immediately and he's really grown into the position. We had a great relationship on and off the field right from the start, because Basti is such an open and honest guy. I wish him the best of health for his birthday, because that's the most important thing.”
Franck Ribéry: “Very best wishes, Basti. Stay fit! I hope we have a great season and win lots of trophies. See you soon brother!”