Auf Wiedersehen, Miroslav! World Cup Legend Retires after Klose Call

By on November 2, 2016

This day always comes about in football, a day that leaves you feeling nostalgic about past glories, like when Ronaldo (the Brazilian Poker-loving one!) retired in 2011. Five years on and it is the turn of another World Cup winning legend to hang up those magical scoring boots for a final time, with 38-year-old German striker Miroslav Klose calling it a day today. So, in tribute to the former Lazio goal-machine, I have dedicated this article to him and his glorious achievements in the beautiful game:

King Klose!

On the same date when two current German stars were inspired for their English clubs in the UEFA Champions League – with midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil scoring for Manchester City and Arsenal in their respective 3-1 and 3-2 wins – Klose was always sensational for his country at major tournaments. He ended his national team career as the all-time leading goal-scorer for Germany, with the pinnace of his twelve-year spell coming in 2014, when he lifted the World Cup in the Maracanã.

Not only is Klose a ‘normal’ World Cup winner, but he is also the record scorer in the tournament’s history with sixteen strikes. That is a massive fifteen more goals than England’s all time top scorer Wayne Rooney, who has a miserly one finish next his name. The former Bayern Munich hitman also claimed a runners-up medal at the 2002 tournament, where it was the before mentioned Ronaldo who lifted the trophy with Brazil.

Getting Klose to a Management Career!

The seventy-one-goal international legend and two-time Bundesliga champion probably felt he had no choice but to retire now, as he has basically done as much work as a student on a gap year in the last few months, having been released by Lazio in May 2016 as the equal highest non-Italian goal-scorer for the Serie A side. The next move in the career of Klose is clearly coaching, with the Poland-born former forward joining manager Joachim Low’s coaching staff in the German first-team set up. Low invited Klose to join him in managing the Die Mannschaft squad, with Low signing a new contract to extend his stay until 2020 this week. Helping his former boss get back to winning ways at World Cup 2018 in Russia and the Euros in four years time will keep him busy, now that the touchline is his new home and not the six-yard area in the penalty box.

A ‘Klose/Closer’ Parody Tribute to Mighty Miro!

To complete this playing career ending tribute to the mighty man who scored more goals than Gerd Muller for Germany, I have written a parody song, taking inspiration from ‘The Chainsmokers’ recent tune entitled ‘Closer’ (final three verses only):


Muller ain’t ever beating Klose
Muller ain’t ever beating Klose
So Germany pull me Klose in the front feet of your scorer
That losing you can’t afford
Bite that tattoo on your left wrist
Pull off clean sheets from man marking at the corner
Of the top records that you stole
From your hero in the form of Gerd Muller
Muller ain’t ever beating Klose
Muller ain’t ever beating Klose (Miroslav is actually getting older)
Muller ain’t ever beating Klose (Miroslav is actually getting older)
Muller ain’t ever beating Klose (Miroslav is actually getting older)
Muller ain’t ever beating Klose

Muller ain’t ever beating Klose
However, Miro is actually getting older.

By Richard Lewis feat. The Chainsmokers and Halsey.

Homepage photo credit: Michael Kranewitter, Wikipedia Commons, [CC BY-SA 3.0]

About Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis can relate almost anything to football and quite often does! You may have seen Richard's previous ideas and work in the BBC Match of the Day Magazine, from 2011 to present. He is a Manchester United and England fan, but has gone to see Leyton Orient play with his O's season ticket in the 2013/14 campaign. Aside from football, Richard has written articles on Doctor Who and studies English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. Aspiring sports journalist.