Germany striker MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Italian Serie A side SS Lazio of Rome looks to dribble by Austria midfielder JULIAN BAUMGARTLINGER (14) of German Bundesliga club FSV Mainz during the goal-filled UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
Three-time FIFA World Cup final tournament veteran striker MIROSLAV KLOSE continues to defy Father Time and just flat out refuses to stop scoring goals for trainer JOACHIM LOEW’s national team of GERMANY.
It was, perhaps not surprisingly, the 33-year-old Polish-born legionnaire, now in the capital of Italy turning out for SS Lazio following a free transfer from Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, who initiated an avalanche of goals with a strike in only the eighth minute of the European Championships qualification match between neighboring Germany and Austria.
Seven goals now stand between the prolific Klose and the pinnacle of the all-time goal-scoring list for the national team of always proud and often triumphant Germany :
68 goals – 62 games ——— Gerd Mueller
62 goals – 111 games ——– MIROSLAV KLOSE
47 goals – 90 games ——— Rudi Voeller
47 goals – 108 games ——- Juergen Klinsmann
45 goals – 95 games ——— Karl Heinz Rummenigge
NOTE — East Germany’s Joachim Streich is credited with 53 goals from 98 full international matches by FIFA.