List of international goals scored by Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose is the all-time top scorer for the Germany national football team, with 71 goals in 137 games between 2001 and 2014.[1] He is also the top scorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup, with 16 goals in 24 appearances across four editions from 2002 to 2014.[2] In the 13 years Klose played for the national team, Germany never lost a game in which he scored.[2]

Klose scored on his debut for Germany, a 2–1 win over Albania on 24 March 2001 during qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. On 13 February 2002, he scored his first international hat-trick, in a 7–1 win over Israel at his then club ground, the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern;[3] this was followed by another treble on 18 May in a 6–2 win against Austria.[4] At his first tournament finals, the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, Klose scored five goals to become the tournament’s joint second top scorer, alongside Brazil’s Rivaldo and behind Ronaldo. All of his goals came in the group stage, starting with a headed hat-trick in an 8–0 win against Saudi Arabia at the Sapporo Dome.[5]

Klose netted two goals in the opening game of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a 4–2 win against Costa Rica,[6] and scored another brace in Germany’s final group stage match, a 3–0 win against Ecuador.[7] He finished his second World Cup again with five goals to take the FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe.[8] On 10 September 2008, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, he scored the last of his four international hat-tricks, earning a 3–3 draw away to Finland.[9] He scored four goals at the finals in South Africa, including two in a 4–0 quarter-final win over Argentina on his 100th cap.[10] On 6 June 2014, Klose scored his 69th goal in 132 games in a 6–1 friendly win over Armenia in Mainz, surpassing Gerd Müller’s record of 68 goals in 62 games from 1966 to 1974.[11] Klose added two more goals in Germany’s victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup to retire with a record of 71 goals in 137 games. His final goal came in their 7–1 semi-final victory over hosts Brazil, taking him to 16 World Cup goals and surpassing Ronaldo as the tournament’s record goalscorer.[2]

In addition to his 16 goals in World Cup finals, Klose scored another 13 in qualification games, as well as three goals in UEFA European Championship finals and 16 in that tournament’s qualification matches. The remainder of his goals, 23, were scored in friendly matches. He scored six times against Austria, his highest tally against one country, and also totalled five goals against Azerbaijan and Sweden.[12]

Goals

“Score” represents the score in the match after Klose’s goal. “Score” and “Result” list Germany’s goal tally first.[12][13]
International goals scored by Miroslav Klose
No. Date Cap Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 24 March 2001 1 BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany  Albania 2–1 2–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification [14]
2. 28 March 2001 2 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 3–2 4–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification [15]
3. 13 February 2002 8 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Israel 1–1 7–1 Friendly [3]
4. 2–1
5. 4–1
6. 18 May 2002 12 BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany  Austria 1–0 6–2 Friendly [4]
7. 2–0
8. 4–2
9. 1 June 2002 13 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan  Saudi Arabia 1–0 8–0 2002 FIFA World Cup [5]
10. 2–0
11. 5–0
12. 5 June 2002 14 Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Japan  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup [16]
13. 11 June 2002 15 Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan  Cameroon 2–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup [17]
14. 16 October 2002 23 AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany  Faroe Islands 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying [18]
15. 11 June 2003 29 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying [19]
16. 18 February 2004 35 Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia  Croatia 1–0 2–1 Friendly [20]
17. 17 November 2004 43 Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany  Cameroon 2–0 3–0 Friendly [21]
18. 3–0
19. 16 December 2004 44 International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan  Japan 1–0 3–0 Friendly [22]
20. 3–0
21. 22 March 2006 52 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany  United States 3–0 4–1 Friendly [23]
22. 27 May 2006 53 Schwarzwald-Stadion, Freiburg, Germany  Luxembourg 1–0 7–0 Friendly [24]
23. 4–0
24. 30 May 2006 54 BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany  Japan 1–2 2–2 Friendly [25]
25. 9 June 2006 56 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Costa Rica 2–1 4–2 2006 FIFA World Cup [6]
26. 3–1
27. 20 June 2006 58 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany  Ecuador 1–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup [7]
28. 2–0
29. 30 June 2006 60 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany  Argentina 1–1 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup [26]
30. 16 August 2006 63 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Sweden 2–0 3–0 Friendly [27]
31. 3–0
32. 6 September 2006 65 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 3–0 13–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying [28]
33. 5–0
34. 8 September 2007 70 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying [29]
35. 2–0
36. 17 November 2007 71 AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany  Cyprus 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying [30]
37. 6 February 2008 73 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria 2–0 3–0 Friendly [31]
38. 26 March 2008 74 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland Switzerland 1–0 4–0 Friendly [32]
39. 27 May 2008 75 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Belarus 1–0 2–2 Friendly [33]
40. 19 June 2008 79 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Portugal 2–0 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 [34]
41. 25 June 2008 80 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Turkey 2–1 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 [35]
42. 10 September 2008 84 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 1–1 3–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [9]
43. 2–2
44. 3–3
45. 12 August 2009 89 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [36]
46. 9 September 2009 91 AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany  Azerbaijan 2–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [37]
47. 3–0
48. 10 October 2009 92 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Russia 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [38]
49. 13 June 2010 97 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Australia 2–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup [39]
50. 27 June 2010 99 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa  England 1–0 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup [40]
51. 3 July 2010 100 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  Argentina 2–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup [10]
52. 4–0
53. 3 September 2010 102 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [41]
54. 7 September 2010 103 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany  Azerbaijan 3–0 6–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [42]
55. 6–1
56. 8 October 2010 104 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany  Turkey 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [43]
57. 3–0
58. 12 October 2010 105 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [44]
59. 9 February 2011 106 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany  Italy 1–0 1–1 Friendly [45]
60. 26 March 2011 107 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Kazakhstan 1–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [46]
61. 4–0
62. 2 September 2011 111 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Austria 1–0 6–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [47]
63. 15 November 2011 113 Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany  Netherlands 2–0 3–0 Friendly [48]
64. 22 June 2012 120 PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland  Greece 3–1 4–2 UEFA Euro 2012 [49]
65. 12 October 2012 125 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 4–0 6–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [50]
66. 16 October 2012 126 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany  Sweden 1–0 4–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [51]
67. 2–0
68. 6 September 2013 129 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Austria 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [52]
69. 6 June 2014 132 Coface Arena, Mainz, Germany  Armenia 4–1 6–1 Friendly [11]
70. 21 June 2014 133 Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil  Ghana 2–2 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup [53]
71. 8 July 2014 136 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Brazil 2–0 7–1 2014 FIFA World Cup [2]

Breakdown

By year

Goals by year[54]
Year Caps Goals
2001 7 2
2002 17 12
2003 10 1
2004 11 5
2005 5 0
2006 17 13
2007 5 3
2008 15 8
2009 6 4
2010 12 10
2011 8 5
2012 13 4
2013 4 1
2014 7 3
Total 137 71

By competition

Goals by competition[54]
Competition Caps Goals
FIFA World Cup qualification 19 13
FIFA World Cup tournaments 24 16
UEFA European Championship qualifying 23 16
UEFA European Championship tournaments 6 3
Friendlies 65 23
Total 137 71
Klose celebrating his record-breaking 16th World Cup goal

See also

  • Football in Germany portal
  • List of footballers with 50 or more international goals
  • List of FIFA World Cup hat-tricks

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