Klose breaks record

Klose Breaks Record

Klose Breaks Record

Miroslav Klose scores 16th World Cup goal to break the all-time World Cup goal scoring record. Germany striker Miroslav scored in the 23rd minute in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Finals as Germany trashed Brazil with a convincing 7-1 scoreline to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals.

Klose goal led to him becoming the tournament’s all time leading goalscorer with 16 goals in 23 World Cup matches. Klose had moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 when he scored in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the FIFA World Cup Group Stages.

His close strike range in Belo Horizonte after a rebound put Germany 2-0 up in the last 4 clash and was his first goal in a World Cup Semi Finals. Klose said, “We are a team and it shows on the field. It’s also important that our set pieces bring results. You saw it again today. Toni puts the ball where it has to go every time and that’s a big strength.”

However, after scoring his goal against Brazil, in his 23rd World Cup Match, Miroslav Klose refrained from doing his trademark back flip. He explained, “I got hit in my left foor while attempting a shot and I was not able to do the flip.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has much praises for the veteran and the only true striker on the team. He said, “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.”

Klose, 36, netted his first ever World Cup goal against Saudi Arabia in 2002 – a hat trick in an 8-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. He netted again in their next group game, a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland, before scoring the second in a 2-0 victory over Cameroon. (5 Goals)

During his home World Cup 4 years later in 2006, the forward found the net 5 times again, and was awarded the Golden Boot. He scored 2 goals in their 4-2 victory over Costa Rica, and 2 more in their final group game against Ecuador. Miroslav Klose final goal in the 2006 World Cup was a vital 80th minute equaliser against Argentina in the World Cup Quarter Finals, bringing the score to 1-1,with Germany eventually winning on penalties. (5 Goals)

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Klose managed 4 more strikes, 1 in their opening 4-0 victory over Australia, 1 in their 4-1 win over England in the Round Of 16 and 2 in their 4-0 demolition of Argentina in the World Cup Quarter Finals.

He has since played in 4 World Cups and has now scored 71 goals in his 136 appearances for Germany. A deadly finisher, Klose is considered the best German striker of his generation, along with his tremendous sense of fair play.

Klose World Cup Goals

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David Villa Retires

David Villa Retires

David Villa Retires From International Football

David Villa ends Spain’s career with 59th goal in Aussie Cruise, where Spain triumphed 3-0. Villa was able to sign off in his international career in style after he stuck a dagger into Australia’s heart after Australia’s fine start. Collecting the cutback from Juanfran, the departing legendary striker produced an elegant backheel to put the ball beyond keeper Mathew Ryan and open the floodgates for his side.

It was Villa’s 59th international goal in his 97th and final cap. But Villa couldn’t hide his emotions when substituted during Spain’s win against Australia.

The 32-year-old announced his retirement from playing for his country prior to the World Cup and is set to link-up with New York FC when the defending world champions fly back from Brazil.

And the raw feeling was plain for all to see when Villa was hooked by Vicente Del Bosque in the second half of the 3-0 win.Team-mates rushed to console the striker as he exited in the 57th minute.

Though he seemed to be holding it together as he trudged off, Villa appeared to burst into tears when he sat down on the bench. Pedro, Iker Casillas and Gerard Pique were up in appreciation as he came off.

More on David Villa’s International Career:

Villa made his international début for Spain in 2005. He has since became an integral member of Spain’s football team, participating in 4 major tournaments and winning the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup. He scored 3 goals in the 2006 World Cup, was the top scorer at the Euro 2008 and earned the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup. Villa is the first Spanish player ever to reach 50 international goals and is Spain’s all-time top goalscorer, having also scored more World Cup goals than any other Spanish Footballer. Villa scored 9 goals in 12 games at the World Cup, 4 more than any other Spanish Player. The goals-to-goals ratio Villa has achieved for Spain’s national team has not been matched by any player since Alfredo Di Stefano.

What’s even more amazing is that despite sustaining a serious injury to his right leg which jeopardised his chances of becoming a footballer when Villa was 4, Villa went on and built a stellar Football career, joining the likes of Sporting de Gijon, Real Zaragoza, Valencia CF, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and eventually New York City FC.

Spain’s all time top scorer will be greatly missed as they search for younger blood to restock for the Euro 2016.

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*Featured image by Jon Super/Associated Press