Miroslav Klose – Germany
Full Name: Miroslav Klose
Date of Birth: 9th June, 1978
Current Club: Bayern Munich (Germany)
2009/2010 Apps/Goals: 25-10
International Appearances: 94
International Goals: 48
International Accolades: 2006 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner. 2002 FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe winner.
By the time the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks into life in South Africa on June 11th, Germany’s first-choice striker will turn 32 years-old. Miroslav Klose has been at the forefront of the German attack for nearly a decade now, racking up a decent goal return in a relatively successful decade spell with the German national side. Since 2001 when Klose made his début for Germany despite originating from Poland, the Bavarian forward has been capped on 94 occasions and has scored no less than 48 goals – Averaging a goal every-other-game. Moreover, his record in World Cup finals is impeccable and South Africa 2010 could see Klose make history were he beat to his previous bests goal returns.
Miroslav Klose first genuine impression on the international scene was back in 2002 when Germany travelled to Japan and Korea for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Under the management of Rudi Voller at the time, Germany progressed all the way to the finals where they met a classy Brazil team. A brace from Ronaldo, the all-time leading scorer in the finals of World Cup’s, was enough to see that Klose and Germany went home disgruntled and deflated after an impressive World Cup campaign up till then. However, Klose’s five goals in the tournament, his first ever World Cup, was enough to ensure he left the Asian continent with the Silver Shoe for finishing the tournament with the second highest amount of goals, two behind one of the greatest ever forwards, Ronaldo.
In 2006 however, back on home soil in Germany, the Germans did quite make the finals for the second successive occasion but instead faltered at the semi-final stage, although they defied the odds just to get that far. Klose was once again the preferred striking option up front, this time under Jurgen Klinsman, and was once more Germany’s brightest and prolific outlet, notching up another five goal haul in a World Cup. On this occasion, however, Klose’s scoring exploits was enough to ensure he went home with the 2006 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award after scoring two more than any other player in the tournament. Collectively, though, it took Klose’s tally in World Cup’s to 10 goals meaning, should he earn a place in the starting eleven in South Africa, Klose could rise up the ranking of elite goalscorers in World Cup finals. Currently, Ronaldo of Brazil leads the way with 15 goals. Klose, were he to continue his trend of scoring exactly five goals in World Cup’s, would at least equal Ronaldo’s record and would put his name amongst the forward greats.
It’s a massive incentive for a player which probably won’t see pitch time in another final after South Africa 2010, a huge personal objective that should lead to a big tournament for Miroslav Klose, as the German centre-forward goes on the prowl for goals in South Africa, and plenty of them.
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