Soccer

Klose set to retire after SWC

2013-08-19 19:04
Miroslav Klose (Getty Images)

Berlin - Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller's goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year's World Cup.

"I assume that is what will happen with regards to the national team," he told German magazine Kicker when asked if he would retire after the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The 35-year-old Lazio star has made 128 appearances for Germany and scored 67 goals -- just one short of Germany's record scorer Mueller.

The ex-Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich forward has claimed 14 of those goals at three World Cups, leaving him just one behind the competition record of 15 held by Brazil's Ronaldo.

Klose could finish the 2014 World Cup with two personal records, but said his priority is winning the world title with the German team.

"The title with the team has top priority," he said.

"If I can win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that would be the greatest for me. Everything else would be secondary."

Klose, who is now in the final year of his Lazio contract, has said he could be prepared to return to the Bundesliga next summer.

"I want to play a good season, play the World Cup and then take it from there," he said.

"I am still fit and still feel like playing football, then certainly the Bundesliga is an option.

"I can really imagine finishing my career in Bundesliga."

Read more on:    miroslav klose  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.