Klose, Germany Like Clockwork At World Cup


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Making up for a dreadful first-half miss, veteran international MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Bayern Munich strikes a familiar pose after scoring the critical second German goal against Argentina in the 68th minute of the World Cup quarterfinal match at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Keystone/Blick)
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Tired, old MIROSLAV KLOSE is clearly in-tune with the German concept of “Tournament Team”. The notion, that is, in spite of any and all circumstances at hand, the national team will find a way, somehow, someway, to get things done at the World Cup. Just like always.

In many respects, the Indian summer being enjoyed by the 32-year-old Polish-born striker for Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is the perfect symbol to represent this idea of Tournament Team.

After all, Klose now counts more goals in five games for Germany at the 2010 World Cup, four, than the man who now claims 100 international caps (with 52 goals) could manage the whole of the 34-game domestic season for league champions Bayern Munich.

What’s more, after heavily-experienced international star midfielder MICHAEL BALLACK (98 caps, 42 goals) went down injured for FC Chelsea in the English FA Cup final late in the professional season, it should be remembered that many so-called experts had written-off Germany’s chances for success in South Africa.

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MIROSLAV KLOSE
2009-10 professional record with BAYERN MUNICH

3 goals – 25 app (11 st) — Bundesliga
2 goals – 5 app (4 st) —– Deutsche Fussball Bund Cup
1 goals – 8 app (3 st) —– UEFA Champions League

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MIROSLAV KLOSE
Bundesliga career record

99-2000 —– 2 games (? st) —– 0 goals — Kaiserlautern
2000-01 — 29 games (? st) —— 9 goals — Kaiserlautern
2001-02 — 31 games (28 st) – 16 goals — Kaiserlautern
2002-03 — 32 games (31 st) —- 9 goals — Kaiserlautern
2003-04 — 26 games (25 st) – 10 goals — Kaiserlautern
2004-05 — 32 games (28 st) – 15 goals — Werder Bremen
2005-06 — 26 games (23 st) – 25 goals — Werder Bremen
2006-07 — 31 games (31 st) — 13 goals — Werder Bremen
2007-08 — 27 games (24 st) – 10 goals — Bayern Munich
2008-09 — 26 games (23 st) – 10 goals — Bayern Munich
2009-10 — 25 games (11 st) —– 3 goals — Bayern Munich

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