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Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose is one of the most prolific goal scorers for the German national team. He has played 131 times and scored 68 goals for Germany.

Klose’s consistency as a goal-scorer in his first Bundesliga season at Kaiserslautern earned him attention. In January 2001, the then coach of the Polish national team, Jerzy Engel, travelled to Germany to persuade Klose to choose to play for Poland. This request was declined by Klose as he was hoping to play for Germany. Klose’s hopes were justified, as he would soon be a scoring force for Germany.

Klose has stated that the decision to play for Germany instead of Poland was not an easy one, and if Polish officials had been faster, he would have been playing for Poland. However, he does not regret the choice, as he has won multiple medals at the World Cup with Germany. The German national team has never lost a game in which Klose has scored.

He was the top scorer and Golden Boot winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany with five goals scored. Klose also scored five goals in his first World Cup in 2002, all of which were headers. He scored four times in the 2010 World Cup, giving him a total of 14 World Cup goals and putting him joint second along with Gerd Müller on the list of top FIFA World Cup goalscorers.

Klose is also one of only two players, along with Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas, to have scored at least five goals in two different World Cups, as well as the only player to have scored at least four in three different tournaments. He is currently Germany’s joint all-time top scorer with Müller but is looking to break the record after making the squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Klose has also said that the 2014 World Cup will be his last one for Germany, stating that he would like one more shot at trying to win the World Cup with Germany.

Strengths: Klose is an exceptional header of the ball as he scored an astonishing five times in the World Cup with his head alone, which is the current record for scoring most goals from headers in a single edition of the World Cups.

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