Currently the joint-highest World Cup goalscorer for Germany with compatriot Gerd Muller, Miroslav Klose is merely two goals away from becoming the all-time top World Cup goalscorer this summer. The 35-year-old seems to save his best performances for the prestigious international tournaments and will not only be an obvious player betting tip for individual goalscorer markets, but also to claim the Golden Boot in 2014.
Opole-born Klose played for AJ Auxerre as a winger in his youth career, also playing for SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf. His professional career began in 1997 with the latter, before at 20 he switched to the reserves at former Bundesliga outfit, FC Homburg.
Twelve months later he moved to FC Kaiserslautern, scoring 26 times for the reserves and 44 more times in his 120 appearances between 1999 and 2004 to display such goalscoring talents early in his career.
In March 2004, Klose signed a four–year contract with German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen for a fee of €5 million, spending three highly impressive years with the club between 2004-2007. The 2006 DFB-Ligapokal was reward during that time in which he made 132 appearances and scored a total of 63 goals, including 25 in just 26 showings that season in the Bundesliga.
A four-year spell from 2007 followed for Klose at Bayern Munich, helping the German giants towards the 2007/08 and 2009/10 Bundesliga titles as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2008 and 2010, the 2007 DFB-Ligapokal and the 2010 DFB-Supercup. Klose missed out on a Champions League triumph, but scored 52 times in 149 appearances before a move to Lazio in 2011.
Klose scored on his Lazio debut in a 2–2 draw against Milan, also netting the winner in the 93rd minute of a Rome derby 2–1 victory. A total of 40 goals in 99 appearances until June 2014 have come the way of Klose, who was a part of the Coppa Italia-winning side in 2012–13.
Klose currently sits on a joint second-highest goalscorer tally for the World Cup with 14, having netted five times in seven 2002 showings including a hat-trick against Saudi Arabia, matching that with five in seven four years later. Another semi-finals defeat arrived in 2010, a red card the only blip as he netted four goals in all seven games to move within two of Ronaldo's top World Cup goalscorer record.
Scoring on his international debut in a March 2001 World Cup qualifier against Albania, Klose holds an astonishing 68 goals from 131 caps for Germany. Only six 2014 World Cup qualifying matches were played by Klose, during which the German scored four goals including a brace against Sweden.
Miroslav Klose World Cup betting tips
With a strike rate of over 50% at international level for a Germany side tipped to go far, Klose is a certain betting tip to place in individual goalscorer markets this summer. Creating history as the World Cup's highest ever scorer will give him more determination to find the back of the net, making his longer odds to be the overall top scorer more tempting to bet on than the obvious players - similarly when Thomas Muller claimed the award in 2010.
Additionally for more extreme specific markets, the striker is also an exceptional header of the ball, holding the current record for scoring most goals from headers in a single edition of the World Cup with five.
Klose was limited to two substitute appearances and played a total of 75 minutes during the group stages. He made a valuable contribution when he scored to salvage a point in the 2-2 draw against Ghana and showed he can be relied upon if required in the knockout stages.