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Tobias Schweinsteiger retires, expected to join Bayern Munich coaching ranks

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The elder Schweinsteiger ended his long career at the end of this FC Bayern II season.

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In the summer of 2012, Tobias Schweinsteiger made a big decision. He just led Jahn Regensburg's promotion to the 2.Bundesliga as the team's captain. Now, Bayern Munich were calling. Germany's most successful and most popular club wanted him to join their reserve team in the Regionalliga as a leader and captain.

Bayern Munich, of course, were the club of his younger brother and Bayern legend-in-the-making Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Tobias chose to join the club of Bastian. While his first season wasn't everything he wanted it to be, Tobias really took over under manager Erik ten Hag over the last two season scoring 21 goals and leading the team to a first and second place finish in the Regionalliga Bayern.

The club has talked about taking the reserves into an almost strictly U21 team moving forward, and this meant that players like Schweinsteiger would no longer be signed for FC Bayern II. While he wanted to continue playing for another season, the club decided against a contract extension.

In Schweinsteiger's final professional match, he was serenaded by the supporters with a chant that's usually reserved for his younger brother. (starting at 1:43)

Schweinsteiger. Fußballgott.

Several months ago, Schweinsteiger acquired his UEFA B coaching license and, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, is expected to join FC Bayern's youth coaching ranks.