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German legend Miroslav Klose announces international retirement

Aug 11, 2014, 8:42 AM EDT

Germany's Miroslav Klose gestures as he is substituted during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) AP

The leading scorer in World Cup history has hung up his boots. For Germany, anyway.

Miroslav Klose, 36, has called it quits on one of the greatest international careers in history as the German forward has retired from playing for his nation. Klose broke the World Cup scoring record this summer as he has scored 16 goals across four tournaments for Die Mannschaft. Remarkable.

[RELATED: Klose breaks WC record]

The Polish born forward has been a predator for almost two decades but after Germany’s first World Cup trophy since 1990, he felt it was the perfect time to retire.

“The title in Brazil fulfilled a childhood dream of mine,” Klose said. “I am proud and happy that I could contribute to this great success for German football. There is no better time to close the national team chapter.”

In the history books, Klose’s name will always live on after he broke Ronaldo’s record and became the World Cups all-time leading goalscorer by scoring twice  in Brazil. He also broke Gerd Muller’s record as Germany’s all-time leading scorer and amassed 71 goals in 137 appearances. Klose is also the only player to play in four or more World Cup semifinals, the third player in history to score in four separate World Cup tournaments and is the only player in history to be part of 17 wins at the World Cup.

The word legend gets used loosely in soccer. This man deserves that title.

Although Klose will not play for Germany again, he can now concentrate solely on his club team, Lazio, as the German striker will carry on playing in Serie A during the upcoming season. He has scored 40 goals in 100 games for the Rome club so far and will be aiming to score more, as always, in 2014-15. The former Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich striker has scored 205 goals in 524 appearances at club level.

For compiling one of the greatest international careers soccer has ever seen, take a bow, Miroslav.

  1. Greg - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Sadly few will see him as a legend (at least for the foreseeable future, give it 10 or so years and we’ll see), more of a 6 yard box poacher who was good with his head

  2. digbysellers - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Couldn’t disagree more. Anybody who’s watched international soccer over the past 15 years knows that he’s everything a team could want in a striker. The guy scores goals period. I don’t particularly care how he did it. He’s definitely a legend for a national team that has boatloads of them.

  3. scoochpooch - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Possibly but being able to finish is a skill that so many lack it’s scary. Suarez (who I hate) creates well and finishes well but you just don’t see that much. For example, I don’t even count Balotelli as a soccer player, he’s more a beast of a man who overpowers the defenders and scores from 6 yards out at most. I’ve never seen the guy score from further out than that and any long range attempt ends up in the stands.

    Another note, Lose is another Pol who wound up playing for Germany (Podolski, Trochowski, numerous others).

    • mikeevergreen - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Klose was Czech, not Pole.

  4. mikeevergreen - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    He’s coming to MLS, haha!
    He’s coming to MLS, hoho!
    To the retirement league,
    where life is beautiful all the time1
    He’s coming to MLS, haha!

  5. herogoesallin - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    mikeevergreen….you are wrong.

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