Winning the World Cup would be a dream, says Schweinsteiger

The Bayern midfielder believes he is reaching his physical and mental peak and is hoping to improve on his country’s third place finish at each of the last two World Cups

Bastian Schweinsteiger has set his sights on winning the World Cup with Germany, claiming it would be a “big highlight” of his career.

Joachim Low’s men are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Brazil this summer and have been drawn alongside Ghana, Portugal and USA in Group G.

Schweinsteiger has already experienced great disappointment in the tournament, having finished third in the last two World Cups. 

And the midfielder, who won the Champions League last season with Bayern Munich and could do so again this term, is hoping to take home the big prize this summer.

“The Champions League and the World Cup are the two biggest titles in the world,” he told Kicker. “Of course I would also like to win the second. I always wanted to be in this position – responsible for success and failure. 

“The World Cup is a big highlight of my career.”

The 29-year-old believes he is experienced and reaching his physical peak and spoke highly of his partnership with club and national team-mate Philipp Lahm.

“The advantage of my current situation is that the level of experience and physical condition is about the same,” said Schweinsteiger. “As a footballer, that is the best and most beautiful time.

“Philipp and I are now an establish team and we know each other’s moods and tendencies and those things are important for success.

“We’ve both been through a lot together. Losing the Champions League final at home [to Chelsea in 2012] was certainly something that has bound us together.”

Hillsborough remembered, agony for Costa and defeat for Barca – Defining moments of the weekend

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Bayern Munich seal Rode signing

The 23-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena and will join the club on July 1 from fellow Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt

Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt on a four-year deal.

The midfielder, who is out of contract this summer, has long been expected to join the Bundesliga champions, with Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner stating in January that the move was set to be completed.

Bayern have now confirmed that the 23-year-old will join the club on July 1 this summer after agreeing to terms at the Allianz Arena.

“I’m very pleased that this transfer has worked out,” he told Bayern’s official website.

“Bayern is the next big step for me. I want to develop here and win a load of titles with my future team-mates.”

“Sebastian Rode is an excellent professional, he embodies the highest level of professionalism and dynamism,” added sporting director Matthias Sammer.

“I’m certain he will give our team plenty of momentum and enthusiasm to tackle obstacles in the future.”

Rode, who joined Frankfurt from Kickers Offenbach for a €300,000 fee in the summer of 2010, has made 28 appearances in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Europa League for Armin Veh’s side this season.

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Dortmund dominate after thrashing Bayern

No fewer than five BVB stars make our weekly XI after Jurgen Klopp’s side claimed a brilliant 3-0 win over the Bavarians

All eyes were on the Allianz Arena this weekend as Borussia Dortmund took on Bayern Munich and produced a brilliant performance to beat the Bavarians 3-0 on their own turf. Unsuprisingly, Jurgen Klopp’s men dominate Goal‘s Team of the Week.

The first name of the team sheet is Eintracht Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp. The Hessians may have lost 2-0 to Schalke on Friday, but the German made some great saves to keep his side in contention.

Mainz recorded a brilliant 3-0 win over Werder Bremen and Zdenek Pospech and Nikolce Noveski get the nod in defence alongside Dortmund duo Erik Durm and Mats Hummels, both absolutely key to their side’s victory.

Wolfsburg thrashed Nurnberg 4-1 with Kevin De Bruyne setting up two and Ivan Perisic netting a double, while Lars Stindl helped heap more misery on Hamburg by scoring the opening goal in Hannover’s 2-1 win. Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan complete the midfield after scoring at the Allianz Arena.

The final name on the team sheet is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who performed brilliantly up front for BVB in their best Bundesliga showing this season.

Don't bother trying to buy Mandzukic, says Sammer

The Bavarians’ sporting director has underlined the powerful attacker’s importance to the team and has ruled out a summer move

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has insisted that the Bundesliga champions have no intention of selling Mario Mandzukic this summer.

The Croatia international’s future at Bayern is in doubt following the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund and clubs including Juventus, Arsenal and Chelsea are rumoured to be keeping close tabs on the 27-year-old.

Nevertheless, Sammer has made it clear that Mandzukic will not be allowed to leave at the end of the season.

“Nobody even has to bother making an approach for Mandzukic,” Sammer told Sky90.

“He is incredibly important to Bayern. I always affectionately say that he plays like an animal.

“It is simply amazing how much work he does for the team and how much running he does during a game.

“They always try to provoke him because he really hurts his opponents with his work-rate.”

Mandzukic has netted 17 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances this season.