Soccer-Germany's humble Klose a soft-spoken goalscoring giant

Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:04pm GMT
 

By Erik Kirschbaum

June 16 (Reuters) - Miroslav who? The humble 36-year-old Germany striker Klose etched his Polish name into immortality on Saturday when he scored his 15th World Cup goal in the match against Ghana.

Equalling the record held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo with his 71st minute strike, Klose has quietly put his name into the history books with a remarkable lack of drama.

Famous for performing mid-air somersaults to celebrate scoring important goals earlier in his career, he changed to mostly raising a clenched fist and giving a quick smile before putting his serious game face back on and getting back to work.

But on Satuday the sommersault was back after he scored the equaliser from close range with his first touch less than two minutes after coming off the bench in a 2-2 draw in Group G.

"I don't know how long its been since I did a sommersault. but at least it worked out," he said after the match.

His goal also moved Klose one ahead in the World Cup scoring list of compatriot Gerd Mueller, who led West Germany to the 1974 World Cup title.

Klose had shared second place with Mueller since scoring twice in a 4-0 quarter-final win over Argentina on July 3, 2010.

The best German striker of his generation, Klose is also his country's all-time leading scorer with 70 goals in 133 games.   Continued...

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