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.
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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.
A busy midweek for Premier League teams in Europe sees some high-profile match-ups when league play resumes this weekend.
Chelsea is hosting former manager Jose Mourinho, Arsenal looks to keep up its red-hot play, and Manchester City is hoping an extra day’s rest on Southampton makes a difference to its recent dry spell.
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Below you will find video previews of all 10 games coming up this weekend in the PL.
Manchester City vs. Southampton — Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Burnley vs. Everton — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion — Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Swansea City vs. Watford — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur — Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Hull City vs. Stoke City — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Chelsea vs. Manchester United — Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
West Ham United vs. Sunderland — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
After Thursday’s thumping of Fenerbahce, Manchester United’s focus turns to Chelsea.
You can bet Jose Mourinho has been daydreaming of this day from the moment he started jockeying for a new Premier League job; leading a team onto the Stamford Bridge pitch to face his former club.
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Two years ago, Mourinho was leading Chelsea to the Premier League title. He didn’t last the next season, as a run of shocking results motivated Chelsea to cut ties with its “Special One”.
Joe Prince-Wright is here with another PST Extra, breaking down Sunday’s big match between Mourinho’s Red Devils and Antonio Conte‘s Blues at 11 a.m. ET.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba scored a pair of goals in Thursday’s big Europa League win over Fenerbahce, but the first was up for discussion.
Wayne Rooney started the game and has handled plenty of penalty kicks in his day, but the captain bowed to Pogba’s request to break the deadlock.
[ WATCH: Pogba’s fantastic goal ]
Pogba would later score a much better looking goal, but many debated the PK duties for much of the game (ad nauseam). Anthony Martial converted United’s second penalty of the night in a 4-1 win, but it was Pogba’s that was at the center of discussion.
From the BBC:
“I told Wayne (Rooney) I wanted to take the penalty and he let me. I am very happy to score that penalty and from a player like him to let me it is big respect so I am very glad.
“I feel comfortable with all of the team. It is just at the start of the season and there is still a long way to go and we want to go up and do our best and be top of the league.”
Pogba certainly knows the right way to turn a phrase, proffering plenty of praise for Rooney. Pogba had a very good game aside from a few early misplaced passes, and this performance could put his form in a fine place for Sunday’s match against Chelsea.
Paul Pogba had a very good match for Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday, but manager Jose Mourinho still wants supporters to pump the brakes as the French midfielder continues adjusting to life in the Premier League.
Pogba, 23, has been under the microscope since returning to Old Trafford after a tremendous stint with Juventus. That scrutiny tends to come with a world record transfer fee.
[ MORE: UEFA Europa League roundup ]
On Thursday, he scored a pair of goals in United’s 4-1 defeat of Fenerbahce, a win that boosted the Red Devils back atop their Europa League group.
Mourinho was obviously asked about his midfielder’s starring performance.
“Paul Pogba needs time. I was in Italy, I know Italian football. To be in Italy for four or five years and come back I was not expecting it to be a click of the fingers for intensity. He needs time.”