Germany News: Can Miroslav Klose make history in South Africa?

19th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

It would appear that Joachim Low will ultimately decide whether to opt for experience and consistency over form and reputation, as the now veteran German striker Miroslav Klose looks set to continue where he left off in Germany 2006 when scoring five goals and taking home the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot for the first time in his career, at South Africa.

 

With the 2010 finals set to be Klose’s last, there is a grey cloud circling over his potential predecessor. Currently, the two main direct replacements for Klose, once he hangs up his international boots, are Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefen Kiessling and Bayern Munich team-mate Mario Gomez. One, the former, will arrive in South Africa as the best striker in Germany if his goalscoring record last season is anything to go by, while the other, the latter, is a player apparently deemed to be worth £25 million and then some. On paper, the pair of them look decent enough substitutes for Klose for when his international days are over, but neither have really performed when given the chance by Germany manager Joachim Low, with Stefan Kiessling, a player with goals in him, especially lacklustre from an international point of view.

Mario Gomez has, however, played far more games than Kiessling, 28 in fact, but has been reduced to mainly substitute appearances. His 6ft plus height does give him the edge over Kiessling though, providing German coach Joachim Low with something different, an easier outlet and an aerial threat should they need such a thing during the tournament.

In Kiessling, however, Germany should have a proven scorer. He notched up twice as many goals in the Bundesliga as Klose and Gomez last season, the same as both combined in fact (21), but when given the chance at international level, the Leverkusen forward hasn’t grasped the opportunity with both hands. Low has been tight with his chances towards Kiessling though, only handing the blonde-hairded forward four international caps, but Kiessling was given a run-out a week ago against lowly Malta in a friendly. Despite having no less than half-a-dozen clear openings during the course of the game, Kiessling failed to get on the score-sheet and will only have hindered his chances of getting some pitch time in South Africa as a direct result. There was a distinct lack of cutting edge and nerve, and on a stage where several hundred million will be watching, and the pressure will be immense, there’s little confidence in Kiessling holding his nerve in the defining moments.

One player who has forced his way into the German fold is Brazilian born Cacau of VFB Stuttgart. He’s a player not in the mould of anything Joachim Low currently has in his inventory in that Cacau is lightening fast, has a quick turn of foot and has the ability to run at defenders, take them on and scare the living daylights out of them. Because Cacua was never selected by the Brazil at senior level, Cacau was given a German passport in 2009 and instantly became eligible to play under Joachim Low of Germany. However, Cacua has only really featured in the low-profile internationals, mainly friendlies, and despite earning his first German cap in May 2009, Cacua didn’t score his first goal for Germany until a year later when a brace against Malta in May 2010 helped Germany to a 3-0 win in another international friendly. He’s a bright spark though, and a player with a decent scoring record in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart, scoring 62 goals in 177 appearances.

 

So, with the German striking wannabes unproven at this level, Miroslav Klose looks set to embark on his third World Cup adventure and poses a good bet to contest the 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award. Were he to score five or more in South Africa, Klose would etch his name into the World Cup records books and would become the most prolific striker in World Cup history. That would be some achievement and we have every confidence that Klose will give it his all in a bid to set the record straight, whilst also setting a benchmark for future German strikers.

 

Miroslav Klose to WIN the 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot – 33/1 WilliamHill




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