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Bastian Schweinsteiger demands more respect for Germany's achievements

Updated: Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012 15:06 | Comments

Bastian Schweinsteiger's Euro 2012 campaign was severely hampered by injury
Bastian Schweinsteiger's Euro 2012 campaign was severely hampered by injury

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has demanded more respect for the national team's performances after reaching the Euro 2012 semi-finals in June, their fourth successive last-four spot or better in major tournaments.

Germany face Ireland the Republic of Ireland on Friday in Dublin and Sweden in Berlin four days later.

Schweinsteiger, criticised for playing in the European Championship despite nursing an injury picked up in Bayern Munich's Champions League final defeat by Chelsea, said Germany's overall record was very successful.

"(Semi-final finishes) should not be taken for granted," the holding midfielder told reporters on Tuesday.

"We did not drop a point in the qualifiers, we beat top 10 teams in our group and then lost just one game."

"I think it is a pity, it is not always fair but that is the way it is. There are other teams who have targets and it is not easy to keep winning."

Germany completed their first ever perfect Euro group stage with wins over Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark.

They then went on to beat Greece in the quarter-finals for their 14th successive victory in competitive games.

They had also won ten out of ten qualifiers for a new German record.

"I don't think everything is bad, not many teams can claim to have such a track record. I think the respect is missing a bit," Schweinsteiger said. "It is nowhere written down that we are going to win every game.

"I did everything to reach that Champions League final and (for the Euros) I had little time to recuperate," said the 28-year-old, who missed his team's first two 2014 World Cup qualifiers in September, but will be captain at the Aviva Stadium with Philipp Lahm suspended.

"Two or three weeks more maybe would have been even better for the injury to be cured but I think I gave everything I got at the Euro. Unfortunately in one game against a great team Italy we lost."

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