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Klose ends playing career, will train as coach with Germany

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BERLIN (AP) The German soccer federation says striker Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in World Cup history, is ending his playing career and will train as a coach.

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The 38-year-old Klose retired from international soccer after winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, scoring twice to bring his total goal tally from four tournaments to 16. With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is also the highest-scoring player for Germany.

Klose’s contract with Lazio expired after last season. The German federation says that, in consultation with coach Joachim Loew and technical director Hansi Flick, Klose will now undergo an individual training program “with the clear aim of embarking on a coaching career.”

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Klose, who played 137 games for Germany, will now become part of the national team setup.

Reports: Miroslav Klose in talks with New York Red Bulls

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What is it this week with talismanic strikers and New York professional soccer clubs?

A few days after rumors connected Francesco Totti with the NASL’s New York Cosmos,

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The 37-year-old Lazio man has four Serie A goals this year, all of them coming in the last month. He also had three assists in that span and, of course, is the all-time leading goal scorer at the World Cup.

From Empire of Soccer:

The reports cite Il Messaggero as the original source of the Red Bulls, Klose connection. According to the publication, the soon-to-be 38-year-old World Cup veteran has been negotiating with the striker for the past month, settling on a two-year deal worth in the vicinity of $3.4 million dollars per season.

Klose scored 13 goals last season, and it’s not difficult to imagine him having a major MLS impact a la Didier Drogba. Plus, he could absolutely complement and reinvigorate Bradley Wright-Phillips while teaching the younger RBNY corps a bit about finishing and positioning.

Klose to MLS rumors reappear

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German national team legend Miroslav Klose, 37, is said to be mulling over offers from Major League Soccer.

Multiple outlets in Italy claim that Miroslav Klose could be heading to Major League Soccer for the 2016 season as he’s out of contract with Lazio next July.

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The main sticking point is said to be Klose’s reluctance to break out of his contract with Lazio early as the Polish born former German national team star has been with The Eagles since 2011 and has become a cult hero in Rome.

Even if Klose arrives mid-season in MLS next year, would he be a good pickup? Well, it’s hit and miss. Look at the Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba scenarios from last season at New York City FC and Montreal Impact respectively and you’ll see what I mean.

However, there’s no doubting that Klose’s ability as a poacher would see MLS teams lining up to get him on board for an 18-month contract. I mean, come on, this guy is the all-time leading goalscorer at World Cup finals tournaments with 16 across four tournaments. Like Drogba, Lampard and to a lesser extend Pirlo, it seems as though Klose has kept himself in good shape and would be a great addition for any MLS team either midseason or for the entire 2016 campaign.

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It is rumored that he has been offered an ambassadorial role with the German national team as Joachim Low wants him to be with the squad at EURO 2016 this summer, and despite Klose’s apparent interest in getting into coaching in the next few years, it would be interesting to see where  he’d land in MLS.

This is not the first time Klose has been linked with a move to North America’s top-flight and since 2013 we’ve been hearing about reports and rumors regarding the German internartional but this seems like the right time to arrive in MLS if he’s going to do it.

La Liga & Serie A roundup: Barcelona, Madrid clubs win; AC Milan continue to free fall

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

Elche 0-6 Barcelona

Lionel Messi and Neymar each scored a pair of goals on Saturday as the Blaugrana routed 10-man Elche on the back of five second-half goals. Gerard Pique opened the scoring after 35 minutes, but Luis Enrique’s men went into halftime up just 1-0.

Messi scored his first, a penalty kick, 10 minutes after the break Elche’s Faycal Fajr was shown his second yellow card of the day two minutes later. Neymar notched his brace with goals two minutes apart in the 69th and 71st minutes before Messi (88th minute) and Pedro (93rd) completed the scoring.

Barca remain four points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who knocked off Cordoba on Sunday (see below link) and three points clear of third-placed Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano

Antoine Griezmann bagged a pair of first-half goals (12th and 22nd minutes) to set Atletico on their way at Estadio Vicente Calderon. The Frenchman used a cool, left-footed strike around the goalkeeper to net his first, and a quick toe-poke underneath the ‘keeper’s legs on the second.

An own goal by Rayo’s Manucho in the 56th minute canceled out Roberto Trashorras’ pinpoint, curling effort from 20 yards 10 minutes before halftime and effectively ended any hope of a comeback.

Villarreal 1-0 Levante

Villarreal (35 points) strengthened their hold on sixth place (Europa League) and kept their chase for the fourth and final Champions League place (currently Sevilla — 39 points, one fewer game played) alive.

Luciano Vietto cut and faked his way past a pair of Levante defenders before slotting a left-footed shot beneath ‘keeper Diego Marino in the 56th minute.

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Elsewhere in La Liga

Real Sociedad 1-0 Eibar

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Deportivo La Coruna vs. Granada (6 am ET)
Athletic Bilbao vs. Malaga (11 am ET)
Espanyol vs. Almeria (1 pm ET)
Valencia vs. Sevilla (3 pm ET)


Lazio 3-1 AC Milan

source: Getty ImagesJeremy Menez scored his 10th Serie A goal of the season as AC Milan took the lead after four minutes and looked on their way to reversing recent fortunes and beginning the climb back up the league standings.

And then the second half began, which saw the Rossoneri conceded two goals in four minutes (Marco Parolo, 47th and Miroslav Klose (right), 51st) and wave goodbye any hopes they had of leaving the Stadio Olimico with anything to show for their troubles. Parolo picked up his second of the game with nine minutes of regular time still to be played, sealing the three points for Lazio (31 points) and climbing back above Fiorentina (30) for fifth place in the league. Fourth-placed Sampdoria are just two points ahead.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Cagliari 2-1 Sassuolo

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Inter Milan vs. Torino (9 am ET)
Hellas Verona vs. Atalanta (9 am ET)
Parma vs. Cesena (9 am ET)
Juventus vs. Chievo (9 am ET)
Sampdoria vs. Palermo (9 am ET)
Fiorentina vs. Roma (2:45 pm ET)

Transfer rumor roundup: Miroslav Klose to MLS, Samuel Eto’o agrees with Sampdoria

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The January transfer window is past the halfway point, and as is expected in football, rumors are abundant on the subject of certain players’ whereabouts for the ensuing months.

To start off, the possible transfer of Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne was noted earlier, and it’s either the improbability of Kevin Strootman’s transfer or United’s massive spending budget that has spurred such speculation.

Lazio striker and Germany’s leading scorer Miroslav Klose is looking for a move to MLS, based on a piece from German paper Bild. Klose has totaled three goals and three assists this year, but has been dissatisfied with his lack of playing time. Last May, he was also weighing a transfer to MLS.

In what may be a legitimate murmur, Samuel Eto’o has agreed to a move to Italy with Sampdoria, and has been given a two-a-half-year deal with the option to coach at its endThe Daily Mail says the former Barcelona forward could take the pitch for il Doria in their match against Inter next week.

Over to Serie A, Football Italia has reported that Inter and Fiorentina have joined Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea as possible suitors for AS Roma striker Mattia Destro, although Rudi Garcia believes the Italian will remain in Rome. The bids for him are believed to number around $30.29 million (£20 million).

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Roma has showed interest in Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, and supposedly is preparing an offer around $17.42 million (£11.5 million). Other sides seeking the 22-year-old’s signature are Inter, Napoli and Turkish team Besiktas. The Blues won’t take any proposal below Salah’s £13 million buyout clause.

Liverpool is readying an $17.42 million (£11.5 million) bid for West Ham’s Alex Song. The Hammers will have to compete with Manchester United and West Ham for the midfielder, who is on loan from Barcelona right now.

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Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj was linked to a loan move to Serie A side Genoa, with other prospects in Everton, Aston Villa, Paris Saint-Germain. and David Moyes-led Real Sociedad. Nonetheless, despite Januzaj’s downturn in playing time, Louis van Gaal has blocked the 19-year-old’s exit, refusing to send him to another squad.