Klose Retires From International Football

kloseGermany World Cup winning striker, Miroslav Klose, has announced his retirement from international football.

Klose, who is the FIFA World Cup record scorer with 16 goals, made his Germany debut in 2001 and has since played in four World Cups, scoring at all of them.

His goal in the incredible 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil took him past Ronaldo Delima’s 15 goals in the competition to make him the most prolific striker in World Cup history.

The Lazio striker bows out of the international arena with Germany having never lost whenever he has scored and prefers to put the team ahead of his own achievements.

“The team’s success was and is always the top priority for me,” he said.

“I’ve achieved our goal with the national team but I have achieved goals I set personally too. Anyone who knows me knows I am very ambitious.”

With 137 caps to his name, only Lothar Matthaus has won more, and national team coach, Joachim Low, cannot speak highly enough of him.

“Miro Klose is an international star. He is one of the greatest strikers there have been,” he said.

“His footballing qualities; his aerial ability, his goal threat, his understanding and his tireless commitment are second to none, and yet I have barely seen a player who is so much about modesty and team spirit.

“For Miro it was always an honour to play for the national team and he has given everything to Germany. He will be missed as a footballer and a person and I am happy and grateful I was able to work with him.”

Klose follows Germany captain, Phillipp Lahm, into international retirement, with the 30-year-old having done so in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup.

“We gave him (Klose) and Philipp Lahm a worthy farewell,” DFB President, Wolfgang Niersbach, said.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Klose Becomes All Time Record Goal Scorer

kloseGermany forward, Miroslav Klose, has scored his sixteenth goal of the FIFA World Cup, making him the record highest goal scorer of all times at the tournament.

Klose scored the second goal for Germany to surpass the record set by Ronaldo De Li Ma, in the 7-1 mauling of host, Brazil in the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup on Tuesday at Belo Horizonte.

The 36 year old striker had moved level with former Brazil star, Ronaldo, on 15 goals when he scored in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage.

After scoring against Brazil, in his 23rd career World Cup game, Klose refrained from doing his trademark back flip.

“I got hit in my left foot while attempting a shot and I was not able to do the flip”, he said.

Germany coach, Joachim Loew, praised the veteran and only true striker on the team.

“It really means a lot to all of us. This is a record. This is a record that could be beaten only by (Thomas) Mueller.

“We believe that he really deserves it. Because at his age, he is still playing at the highest possible level.”

It was his second of the tournament after he came off the bench against Ghana to net in the group stage, which put him level with the Brazil legend.

Klose has scored at four consecutive tournaments , only the third player to achieve that feat, after Brazil legend Pele and West Germany’s Uwe Seeler.

In 2002, Klose scored five goals, all of them headers as an ageing Germany side progressed to the final. He added another five on home soil in 2006, where he also won the Golden Boot, before netting four more in South Africa in 2010.

Pele Looks Forward As Brazil Suffer Record Defeat In World Cup Semi

peleBrazil football legend, Pele, has moved on after his country’s 7-1 World Cup disgrace at Germany’s hands on Tuesday, saying the Selecao would deliver in Russia in 2018.

Pele wrote on Twitter, “We’ll get the sixth title in Russia. Congratulations to Germany.

“I always said that football is a box of surprises. Nobody in this world expected this result,” said Pele, who played in three World Cup-winning Brazil teams.

Brazil had been hoping to extend their record of five wins in the competition, but, as with their previous hosting in 1950, they failed to land the trophy on home soil as the Germans annihilated them 7-1 in their Belo Horizonte semi-final.

Two goals for Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle, plus one each for Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, and record-breaking 16th World Cup goal for Miroslav Klose saw the visitors delirious, while Brazil begins a period of soul-searching such as never before.

The 7-1 scoreline was the worst defeat in the soccer-crazed nation’s history and many left the arena in tears before halftime, too stunned to watch any more.

34-year-old goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, said after the record defeat, “It is difficult to explain the inexplicable.

“Until now everything had gone very well. We had been very strong. It is so unexpected.

“Now we need to return home and be comforted by our families.”

Defender, David Luiz, who stood in for suspended Thiago Silva as Captain, said, “We had the worst game of our lives and Germany the best of their lives.”

Germany will go into Sunday’s World Cup final at the Maracana to face Argentina or Holland on the highest of highs.