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EURO 2016

Schweinsteiger sets European major-finals appearance record

In Germany's Euro 2016 semi with France, 'Schweini' went clear at the top of the list of World Cup and European Championship games played.

Olivier Giroud y Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Germany's Euro 2016 semi-final defeat to France saw captain Bastian Schweinsteiger overtake countryman Miroslav Klose as Europe's leading all-time major-tournament appearance maker.

Named as a starter in Die Nationalmannschaft's last-four match-up with the hosts on Thursday, midfielder Schweinsteiger chalked up his 38th game at the finals of a World Cup or European Championship.

Third European Championship semi

Alongside Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United player Schweinsteiger is the only footballer in history to have featured in three separate semi-finals at the Euros (2008, 2012 and 2016).

Schweinsteiger in action against France.
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Schweinsteiger in action against France.BERTRAND LANGLOISAFP

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