Created on 11-09-2008 at 00:00 AM
Miroslav Klose is hot on the heels of Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – not literally, you understand, but rather in the all-time Germany scoring charts. Klose’s hat-trick against Finland on Wednesday takes him onto 44 goals for his country, just one behind the club supremo, although Rummenigge is unlikely to mind in the slightest.
FCB director Uli Hoeneß declared himself “very pleased“ at the spectacular end to Klose’s lean run in front of goal: “We knew he’d start scoring again at some point, it was only a matter of time.“ As Jürgen Klinsmann has repeatedly said, the striker was always likely to need time before recovering his deadly instinct after EURO 2008 last summer.
“The best and the worst thing about life as a striker is that you’re judged on goals,” Klose himself confessed, knowing full well the stats have not been on his side recently. He has scored in Erfurt and from the spot against Hertha this season, but only has two goals in his last 18 Bundesliga appearances overall, prompting typically heavy flak in the media.