Two More Goals Getting Klose To The Record of FIFA world cup. Two more goals, in either the semi final, the final or the third place play off, will see the lanky German striker eclipse Brazilian superstar Ronaldo at the top of the goalscoring tree. Miroslav Klose currently has a career tally of 14 in World Cups, Ronaldo 15.
For eight years, and through three World Cups, the now veteran striker has been the Nationalmannschaft’s go-to man and he has rewarded a succession of coaches – Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann and now Joachim Loew – with goals at crucial times.
Tall, rangy, good in the air and mobile, Klose is adept as a penalty box finisher but can also lead the line superbly and operate as a target man, a role he plays to perfection in this German side which has him as the forward point in front of three attacking midfielders who get into advanced positions in support.
After scoring four goals in this tournament so far, he is one behind the Golden Boot leader, Spain’s David Villa. With two more games guaranteed he is a big chance to take his second title as leading marksman at a World Cup, having done so four years ago in his homeland when he topped the scoresheets with a total of five.
His achievement in this competition is even more significant given that he was far from a certain starter after a disappointing season with his club, Bayern Munich, and the fact that he has missed one and a half of Germany’s five games. Klose was dismissed in the first half of his side’s surprise 1-0 loss to Serbia after picking up two yellow cards, and then was suspended for their 1-0 win over Ghana.
Klose’s quartet thus far make him equal with legendary German striker Gerd Muller on 14 goals World Cup goals, as well as taking him close to Ronaldo..
Polish born Klose is one of several “foreigners” in the German side. The striker came to live in Germany as a youngster when his father, a professional footballer born in Poland of German extraction, settled in Germany when he had retired as a player.
He was, however, no youthful star.
Instead he worked his way up through the grades and, as is customary for his generation of German players, served his time in a trade apprenticeship (in his case carpentry) in case he did not make it as a professional.
Klose in fact worked as a carpenter until he was 21, when he joined Kaiserslautern, having played earlier for small club FC Homburg.
The 1.82cm Klose did well enough at Kaiserlautern after five years to get a big money move to Werder Bremen, one of the Bundesliga’s biggest teams.
That came after he had announced himself on the international stage at the 2002 World Cup with five goals – all headers – as Germany won their way through to the final where they lost to Brazil.
In the 2006 World Cup in his adopted homeland Klose again starred at the sharp end of Jurgen Klinsmann’s exciting, attacking German team where he again netted five times as the hosts fell at the semi final stage to eventual champions Italy.
Now very much an elder statesman in an exciting youthful German side, Klose, who turned 32 just two days before the World Cup kicked off, brings not just goals but experienced and leadership to his country.
But you won’t catch him worrying too much about breaking either Muller or Ronaldo’s record. He has just one thing on his mind.
“I don’t know whether I am going to pass Ronaldo’s record, and I don’t really care,” he says “I didn’t think about the record beforehand. I am more interested in what we do as a team. If we end this tournament winning the World Cup that would be far more important than any goals I score.”