FIFA World Cup goal-machine: Miroslav Klose

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the reign of ‘El Phenomenon’ Ronaldo was squandered by German star Miroslav Klose. This player alone scored five goals for his home team Germany, which placed third in the competition for the fourth time in 2006.

The then in-form 27 years old Klose played as Center Forward alongside young talent Lucas Podolski. He slide-touched home his first goal against Costa Rica from a Bernd Scheider minus in the 17th minute of the game. 16 minutes after the break, Klose powerfully headed a wonderful cross from Phillip Lahm, which the Costa Rica goalkeeper managed to parry, but as the ball went right back to Klose, he made no mistake and finished it clinically. Germany won the match 4-2.

Klose scored against Ecuador in the third match of his team, volleying in a back pass from Schweinsteiger in the 4th minute. He scored with brilliance in the 44th minute again as he brought down a cute lob with his knee, passing the Ecuador goalkeeper and scoring in the process. Germany dominated and finished the match 3-0, the other goal coming from Podolski.

Klose is also responsible for the equalizer in the Quarter-final round of the Cup tie. He was set up by a header from Tim Borowski following a cross from captain Micheal Ballack. Although the match ended 1-1, Germany went through to the semi-finals owing to the 4-2 result of a penalty shoot-out.

Klose was 2 goals ahead of the second-highest goal-scorer of the tournament, which clearly decided that he was getting the prestigious Golden Boot award.

At present, Klose is preparing for the last World Cup of his career, and the shining opportunity of thrashing Brazilian Ronaldo’s all-time FIFA World Cup top-scoring position with 15 goals is before him. What scintillating performance will he show this time? Only time will tell.
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