When the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off in Russia in mid-June, one name that has been on the competition’s team sheets since 2002 and has since made its way into the sport’s history books will be missing – that of Miroslav Klose.
The striker scored his 16th goal at the finals during Germany’s World Cup triumph in 2014, surpassing none other than Brazilian legend Ronaldo in the process. The man they call Miro finally hung up his boots in 2016 after winning 137 international caps, including 24 World Cup appearances, scoring 71 goals for his country and collecting numerous titles and accolades along the way.
Fans can console themselves with the knowledge that the 39-year-old will travel to Russia for this summer’s competition where, as an attacking coach for the reigning champions, he will use his experience to help the latest generation of strikers such as Timo Werner to improve even further.
When the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off in Russia in mid-June, one name that has been on the competition’s team sheets since 2002 and has since made its way into the sport’s history books will be missing – that of Miroslav Klose. FIFA.com sat down with the record-breaking goalscorer to talk about his World Cup experiences, the tournament in Russia and his country’s triumph at Brazil 2014.
We can go a long way, but we need to develop that team spirit once again. Germany have some excellent young talent and great players of an outstanding calibre, but they need to show that out on the pitch.
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