Bastian Schweinsteiger has come under fire in recent times following his mediocre performances for Manchester United, but that will not affect his place in the German national team according to manager Joachim Loew.

Schweinsteiger has been a key member of the German national team over the last decade. His importance has especially grown since the retirement of Michael Ballack. Schweinsteiger has never been known for his pace, but this has been the criticism being levelled at him United. The fast Premier League has made life difficult for the 31-year-old, who has scored only one goal in 21 appearances.

United did not primarily expect goals from the midfielder, but they were on the lookout for someone who can become the next Paul Scholes in the midfield. Schweinsteiger, though, is yet to provide even a single assist for his teammates in all competitions. The poor form of the midfielder is threatening to spoil his place in the national team. At just 31, he can realistically expect to be part of the next World Cup. For the time being, Germany are looking to become champions of Europe. They recently won the World Cup 2014 to confirm their status as the number one team in the world. Continue reading

Following a successful 2014 World Cup campaign, Joachim Low has decided to extend his contract as the manager of the German national side at least until 2018. In a press conference that was recently held, it was announced to the public that the 55 year old manager is going to be in charge of the German team through the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and they are aiming on winning it once more.

“It was a decision where my heart and my mind both said yes. We waited a long time for the success that we had in Brazil and we all want to experience that again. We have the prerequisites to achieve it once more.” Germany’s Joachim Low said during the press conference.

The assistant coach, Thomas Schneider as well as the goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke has also opted to extend their respective contracts until 2018 as not many changes are going to be done within the managerial staff of the German team.

Italy and Brazil are the only national sides that have been able to win successive World Cup titles but Germany wants to make it happen as Joachim Low’s squad are aiming to defend their title in the upcoming international competition. Continue reading