Jun 2, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Germany forward Miroslav Klose (11) chases the ball during the first half against USA at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Miroslav Klose now Germany’s all-time leading scorer


Germany are preparing for the 2014 World Cup and are favorites to win the tournament despite being in arguably the most difficult group with Portugal, the United States and Ghana. In a friendly against Armenia, midfielder Marco Reus suffered an ankle injury putting him in doubt for the tournament.

That injury might be the headline of the friendly, but there was another thing that occurred, and arguably one that was more positive in nature

Miroslav Klose buried a header in the back of the net, giving him 69 career goals for Germany. That is enough to put him atop Germany’s all-time leading scorers which includes some big names like Gerd Müller, Jurgen Klinsmann, Rudi Völler, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Owe Seeler.

He’ll have at least three games, probably more if they advance like expected and go on a deep run, to extend that record. Klose was eager to beat the record and wanted to focus on the task at hand, winning the World Cup.

“For me, the main thing is to be fit and the most important thing is the team,” Klose said in late May, via FIFA. “I am convinced that when the team plays well, then the striker will also get his chances. But anyone who knows me is aware that the goal record is a target of mine.”

Now that he has broken the record he can focus on the tournament.

Klose’s goal was one of six in a 6-1 beat down of Armenia. You can see the record breaking goal below:

[h/t] SB Nation

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