RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Battered and bloodied, Bastian Schweinsteiger kept rising. No Argentine tackle or foul could keep the Germany midfielder from lifting the World Cup trophy.
Schweinsteiger battled through the final and Germany won its fourth title with a 1-0 win over Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana.
The 29-year-old midfielder was twice led off the field to be treated but returned to hold Germany together.
Schweinsteiger is one of the generation of German players who have been chasing the title for 10 years and who saw the Brazil tournament as probably their best - if not last - chance to end their careers as World Cup champions.
With 108 matches for Germany, Schweinsteiger is one of the veterans on the team and one of its leaders. But he nearly missed the tournament.