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.

Ronaldo Supports Brazil’s ‘Genuine’ World Cup Protesters

Ronaldo De LimaOne of Brazil’s all time legends of the World Cup, Ronaldo – having led his country to glory in 1994 as a youngster and again in 2002 – has admitted that there have been errors made in Brazil’s preparations for hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

While backing the validity of protests against the country’s hosting of the World Cup, he frowned at the violent approach adopted by some of the protesters.

Speaking with ESPN, he said: “I think we must separate the fake protesters who cause damage from the genuine demonstrators. In my opinion, yes, the Police must act violently against them and they must be wiped off the streets.

“But I support the peaceful protests, they should happen peacefully. Brazilians are tired of hearing that Brazil is the country of the future.

“That we can one day be a developed country is exactly what the country wants and needs now; this is the future we desire for our country. We want to feel all of this great progress.”

While the political problems linked to the tournament remain difficult to ignore, Ronaldo de Lima was happy to also speak about Brazil’s chances of winning the tournament.

“I think that today Brazil is entering the World Cup with much more confidence than we had when we entered the World Cup in 2002. I believe that the squad we have for 2014 is really strong, we have a balanced team full of talents.

“Neymar is a fantastic kid, so talented. He’s our great hope for the future.

“Another thing is that we are playing at home, this really makes me wish I were a few years younger and 45 pounds lighter. This is a one in a life time opportunity, playing at home in front of our fans.

“We saw the atmosphere during the Confederations Cup, it was so beautiful. However, we know that Brazilian fans are so demanding, they supported the Selecao because all the players played well.

“If Brazil do not deliver, they can start the booing. It will start very quickly especially in the big cities.

However, in my opinion I think the team is in a good form and have a great chance of being World Champion again.”

It is believed that success on the pitch for the Brazilian team might switch attention away from the problems within the country.