Minggu, 04 Juli 2010

2010 World Cup: Evergreen Klose

Before the 2010 FIFA World Cup I had speculated that Miroslav Klose would only need to repeat what he has done in the last couple of World Cups, score five goals in the tournament for Germany. Then if he did he would equal Brazilian Ronaldo's record of 15 goals in World Cup. But to be honest I had severe doubts if Klose would really come good.

And now I am happy that he has once more been showing his World Cup form for Germany. Four goals in four matches, Klose is now on 14 overall World Cup, equal with German legend forward Gerd Mueller and only one behind Ronaldo with two matches to go - the semifinals and either the final or third place playoff. So Klose is in with a real chance to equal Ronaldo or even pass his record.

Klose had a miserable season at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich scoring only six goals in 38 matches in all competitions. If you just read the pure stats, not worthy of a striker of Klose's class and abilities. Klose was often injured and then not that much used by Louis van Gaal as Croatian Ivica Olic had become the clubs main target man and young Thomas Mueller played a sensational debut season for the Bavarian giants. Also Klose often came on as a substitute, which is something which doesn't seem to suit him.

But German coach Joachim Loew kept his trust in Klose as well as Lukas Podolski, who also had a terrible season back at his home club 1.FC Cologne. For this decision Loew was heavily criticised in the German media as well as by the public, but the duo would pay their coach back with performance and goals. Loew's trust was repaid and now Germany can dream of big things.

Klose is a phenomenon, but the 32 year old striker as all his team mates doesn't want the media to focus only on one player. And as if the team had a mantra, Klose and his team mates keep repeating that this success has been made possible by the team, die Mannschaft. And this sums up Klose as a character, a down to earth person who tries to do his utmost for the success of the team.

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