16 moments that help Miroslav Klose surpass Ronaldo

Miroslav Klose has surpassed the record of Ronaldo – the phenomenon, to become the top scorer in the World Cup history. More meaningful, the 16th goal was scored in the game that Germany defeated Brazil 7-1, the home team of the legend Ronaldo.

The German manager Joachim Loew said: “That was a really meaningful goal for the whole team. A record that can only be beaten by Thomas Muller. He deserved that before he reached the age of 36 and still playing in the professional environment.

That was also the second goal of Klose in Brazil, after being substituted and scored against Ghana, to level off with Ronaldo

Let’s check all 16 moments that help Klose to become a part of the World Cup history:

1. Klose celebrated with his debut goal in the first World Cup playing against Saudi Arabia (2002)

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2. His 2nd goal in the game

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3. Klose finalized his hat-trick in the game and celebrated with a front-flip

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4. His 4th goal was scored in a tie 1-1 against Ireland, all were scored with headings.

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5.The 5th goal in the game against Cameroon. Five goals for the first time playing in World Cup has left people strong impression

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6. In the next World Cup tournament which was hold in Germany (2006), he netted 5 goals and thereby receive the Golden Boots

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7. The first two goals in this World Cup were scored against Costa Rica

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8. Number 11 of Germany remained the good form with two other goals against Ecuador

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9. Klose celebrated his 4th goal in World Cup 2006

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10. The German striker scored an important goal to set a tie against Argentina and then won on a penalty kick-out.

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11. Klose celebrated his 11th goal in a game against Australia in World Cup 2010

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12. The next goal was in a game that Germany outperformed against England 4-1

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13. At the age of 32, Klose contributed to the win 4-0 against Argentina which was managed by Maradona

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14. The moment when Klose finalize the 4-0 win for Germany in the quarter final 2010

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15. This goal leveled off himself with Ronaldo and it was in the tie 2-2 between Germany and Ghana (2014).

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16. The moment that helped Klose become the legend of World Cup and this goal put on 2-0 for Germany against Brazil after 23 minutes playing.

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World Cup 2014 was the last international tournament for Klose and it was a great gift for him as he and his teammate brought home the champion cup.

Ronaldo – the phenomenon and the mysterious World Cup 1998 Final.

Ronaldo, one of the organizers for the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil, had revealed a mysterious part in the final World Cup 1998, where Brazil was defeated by France with a disappointed performance by Ronaldo himself.

As you could know that in the 1998 World Cup final between Brazil and France, the champion had gone to France – the host nation with a surprise won 3-0 against “Selecao”. That was a game left a lot of secret till now since the most excellent player – Ronaldo showed a strange disappointed form. His health problem before and during the match was still a question without any appropriate responses.

Recently, Ronaldo – a part of the organizers for the World Cup 2014 host nation – Brazil, had announced some mystery in the final 16 years ago. “The Phenomenon” told the press that he was fainted and unconscious for 3 or 4 minutes, only few hours before the match against France.

Ronaldo remembered: “I was in a seizure after lunch. I was unconscious for 3 or 4 minutes. I did not know why and no one did. It was unclear due to the big pressure or I was affected by some mental problems. Every possibility could happen”.

“When you were in that situation, in a tournament like World Cup and even a final game. You always thought about it and nothing else. We were always under that big pressure.”

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He also revealed that his present in the squad that game was his decision. “The doctor had come to me and explained about my current condition. They advised that I should not play but I did not accept. I wanted to play in the final and I would play, even anything can happen”.

“I came to the hospital and operated all the possible health test. No conclusion had been made and I felt fine. I left the hospital and felt that seizure had never happened. After that, I called my manager Zagallo and expressed my feeling that I wanted to play. He accepted it” Ronaldo said.

His decision to play the game under bad health condition was believed to be a huge mistake for him and Brazil that year. “The phenomenon” had unstably played during the game and failed to stop Zidane and his teammate from achieving an incredible win in order to become the champion that year.

The most impressive opening ceremony in the World Cup history

With the budget up to 90 million USD and the participation of a lot of top stars in the entertainment world, the World Cup 2014 opening ceremony was the liveliest one in the World Cup history.

– Top stars gathered at Arena de Sao Paulo

According to Brazilian press, the president Dilma Rousseff would not invite so many guests like the previous ceremony. M.s Rousseff only invited the other presidents of the nations which participated in the World Cup 2014. The rest of the tickets were mainly sent to 150 retired players which used to be World Cup champions, “The top scorer in all time” Just Fontaine (13 goals in World Cup 1958) and even the Egyptian retired player Abou Treika.

The opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup was the place not only to gather football stars but also to attract many famous singers all over the world. Besides the three singers performing We are one (Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte), many other famous stars around the world like Santana, Wyclef, Arlindo Cruz, Ricky Martin, Sergio Mendez, Carlinhos Brown, Rodrigo Alexey, Beyonce, Sir Paul McCartney – the Beatles and Shakira would also come here to share the happiness.

As a famous country for festivals, Brazil cannot miss the “hottest” samba dancers in this opening ceremony. Predictably, around 660 artists around Brazil would gather in Arena de Sao Paulo. Moreover, 60000 fans also came here to enjoy the festive atmosphere. More than 1 billion football fan all around the world would observe the ceremony through TV or Internet.

– 90 million US dollars for 2 hour-festival

The opening ceremony for World Cup 2014 lasted for almost 2 hours with various amazing performance focused on three major themes: football, nature and Brazilian people. In order to satisfy the demand of everyone that paid attention to the ceremony, the World Cup organizers had to invest the money that was up to 90 million US dollars.

The representative of the organizers insisted that the budget invested for the ceremony was not exceeded. However, this was the highest amount that ever used for a World Cup ceremony.

Especially for the giant glowing orb, the organizers had to put in 15 million US dollars. This amount of money was somehow equal to the total amount which were used for the opening ceremony in South Africa 4 years ago. If compared with the amount used for the opening ceremony in Olympic London 2012, the amount in Brazil had been doubled.

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Revealing the stadium for World Cup 2018 Final

There are 11 cities with 12 stadiums in Russia, chosen to hold the 2018 World Cup, including Moscow, St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov, Sochi, Saransk and Yekaterinburg. Moreover, the capital Moscow has stadiums which are Luzhniki and Spartak.

In the meeting which was hold in Tokyo, Japan, FIFA has decided to take Luzhniki stadium in Moscow as the location to organize the opening game and the final of World Cup 2018. This stadium has its total capacity of 90000 seats. It is one of the few major European stadium which use an artificial pitch, having installed a FIFA-approved Field Turf pitch in 2002. The pitch is necessary because regular grass pitches cannot withstand the harsh Russian winters and must be replaced at high cost.

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Since opening in 1956, Luzhniki stadium has been honorably chosen for the opening and closing of Olympic 1980 and the Champion League final 2008. Besides, it was the place that organized a lot of international tournaments of other sports. From August, 2013, Luzhniki stadium would be temporarily closed and is undergoing a 340 million pound reconstruction in preparation to host the World Cup 2018 Final. Predictably, this stadium can only be opened in the beginning of 2018

Besides chosen to organize the opening ceremony, opening game and the final, Luzhniki is also used for one semi-final game. The other will be taken part in St Petersburg.

Also discussed in the meeting in Tokyo, FIFA has decided 4 cities in Russia which are going to be used to organize FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 including Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi. In which, the opening game and the final will be hold in St Petersburg.

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Aleksey Sokorin, the CEO of World Cup 2018 has announced: “The decision has been made by FIFA about the locations used for organizing World Cup 2018 and FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is an important one since it helps Russia to clearly shape the work we have to do. Hope that organizing these two big tournaments will write a new history for Russian football”.

Top 10 retired players after World Cup 2014

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was over and let’s check all the top names that might join this World Cup for the last time.

  1. Buffon (Italy – 37 years old)

Despite of the age of 36, Buffon still showed that he was the most trustworthy goal keeper in the club – Juventus and also the national team – Italy. After almost 2 decades playing for Italy, the World Cup champion in 2006 might finish his regal career after World Cup 2014.

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  1. Patrice Evra (France – 33 years old)

Although he was the head of the rebels in France National Football team in World Cup 2010, he was still the most perfect selection for Left Back position in the squad of the World Cup 1998 champion. This year, the defender who just made a move to Juventus from Manchester United has turned 34 and World Cup 2014 might be the last one he joined.

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  1. Lampard (England – 36 years old)

Little did we mention the importance of Lampard in Chelsea as well as England, he can still show his value in order that Manager Roy Hodgson had to give him a chance in World Cup 2014. After 15 years participating in the England squad, World Cup 2014 was the last opportunity for this midfielder once again shine before retiring.

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  1. Gerrard (England – 34 years old)

Similar to his brother in the same outfit, Gerrard was showing his importance in Liverpool as well as England National team. Therefore, it was quite easy to understand why Roy Hodgson still believed in his ability. After 14 years playing in “The Three Lions” squad, Gerrard may also say good bye after this World Cup 2014.

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  1. Pirlo (Italy – 35 years old)

Talking about Pirlo, no words can describe all abilities as well as his talented dignity of this midfielder. Playing either in the club or in the national team, he was always the golden key that could lead to the winning of his own team. With his extraordinary passing skills or his amazing free kicks, Pirlo was still one of the most hopeful factors of Italy.

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  1. Xavi (Spain – 35 years old)

Xavi is 35 years old now and he started to wear on the national outfit since 2000. Since then, Xavi has always remained himself an official position in “La Furia Roja” squad. Xavi has been known as a player with superb passing and assisting skills. He was also the element that helped Spain become the champion of three consecutive tournaments (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012). World Cup 2014 might be his last show in Spain’s concert.

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  1. Xabi Alonso (Spain – 33 years old)

Spain never lacks of talented midfielders. However, in order to find the second Xabi is not that easy. Although he was already 32 years old, he was unreplaceable at Real Madrid and Spain. Along with his teammate Xavi, this might be the last time we saw him in a World Cup event.

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  1. Diego Forlan (Uruguay – 35 years old)

Although Uruguay always has superior strikers like Suarez or Cavani, Diego Forlan was still the name that the manager Oscar Tabarez listed in the team list participating in World Cup 2014. With his international experience, the most excellent player in World Cup 2010 would not let his teacher down even he turned 35 this year.

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  1. Drogba (Ivory Coast – 36 years old)

Drogba is already 36 and one of the older player in World Cup. However, with his level and scoring ability, Drogba was still the number 1 hope of Ivory Coast National team in World Cup 2014. This might be the last World Cup in his career.

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  1. Miroslav Klose (Germany – 36 years old)

Klose does not have good dribbling skills like the other top strikers in Europe. However, with his positioning cooperated with his unfear finishing, Klose was believed by Joachim Low and he did not let the team down as they become the champion of the tournament and he also surpassed Ronaldo to become the top scorer in World Cup with 16 goals.

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Fuleco and mascot of the World Cup tournaments

Fuleco had significantly become familiar to not only fan in Brazil but also fan around the world.

The funny and lovable Tatu “Fuleco” of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, wearing the Brazilian flag-colored outfit with the emerald skin, green shorts and white T-shirt with the phrase “World Cup 2014” written on. The name “Fuleco” is combined between “Futebol” (football) and “Ecologia” (ecology).

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The origin of Fuleco is the three-banded Tatu (Three-banded Armadillo), a local mammalian reptile in Brazil. Every time it has been threatened, it will roll itself like a ball. This animal has been listed in the Red List of Threatened Species and faced the extinction challenges due to hunting and habitat loss.

According to the head secretary of FIFA Jerme Valcke, Tatu is a vulnerable species and it is appropriate to what World Cup wanted to convey in the message towards the society. Besides the attractive football, the most vital purpose of World Cup 2014 is to propagandize the fan of football in particular and the fan around the world in general the importance of the environment and habitat.

During the preparation, the Brazil government introduced the new measure in order to reduce environmental pollution. World Cup 2014 is also the first time that all stadiums need to have LEED certificate – the certificate that guarantee all the infrastructure requires the environmental standard.

“Fuleco” has become a huge symbol, representing the Brazilian unique culture and also showed the co-operation between football and environment.

*Mascot of the World Cup events

– World Cup 1990 (Italy): Mascot was an image of a stick figure player with his head was a ball and the body is the flag of Italy. The icon was named after the salutation in Italy “Ciao”.

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– World Cup 1994 (USA): Mascot was an image of a dog wearing football outfit in red, white and blue and a phrase “USA 94” written on.

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– World Cup 1998 (France): Mascot was a rooster, a typical symbol of France with the words “France 98”. The body of the mascot has the color of blue – also the color of the France National Football Team. The rooster Footix was named under the combination of football and the suffix –ix, from Asterix – a famous cartoon character.

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– World Cup 2002 (Japan – Korea): Mascots were special which were created by computer and known as Ato, Kaz and Nik with modern appearance in the color of orange, purple and green respectively. These three names were selected from a list of internet users from these two host countries.

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– World Cup 2006 (Germany): Mascot was a lion wearing German outfit with the number 06 and a ball that can speak.

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– World Cup 2010 (South Africa): Mascot was a leopard with green hair, wearing an outfit with white T-shirt and green short. The word “Za” was a short form for South Africa, “Kumi” means 10, representing the year for the biggest event in this continent. “Zakumi” also stands for the meaning “Come here”, in African language.

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Top 10 goals in World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014 in Brazil ended with the championship goes to Germany and made its fourth title. There were 64 matches with 171 goals scored (2.67 per match). As you can see, a lot of goals had been scored in Brazil and this blog will summarize the top 10 goals throughout the tournament.

10. In the 10th position is the goal scored by Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) in the game versus Honduras. The goal was scored in the 6th minute and Shaqiri had also scored two more goals to finish his hat trick and made him “Man of the Match”.

9. Presented in the 9th position is the goal scored by Lionel Messi (Argentina) from a free kick in the difficult game versus Nigeria

8. Another goal from Lionel Messi when he and his teammates faced Bosnia & Herzegovina. It was started with his dribbling in the middle of the field, then after playing a one-two with Higuain, he got through some defenders before scoring.

7. David Villa (Spain) made his goal end up in 7th position. His great finishing after Juanfran’s cross had contributed to their only win in World Cup 2014 and closed a disappointed tournament for Spain.

6. Tim Cahill put on an equalizer for Australia against Netherlands in a Group B’s game. Even his contribution could not help Australia as they lost in total 3:2. However he had made his goal finished at the 6th position with his improvised volley.

5. David Luiz finalized the game with Colombia and gave them a ticket back to their country with a magnificent long range free kick, side footing the ball over the wall and into the top-right corner.

4. The fourth position went to Mario Gotze with his most important goal so far for his own career as well as German football history as he scored with a volley into Argentina’s goal in World Cup 2014 final.

3. James Rodriguez has claimed his true reputation after the World Cup 2014 and finished the tournament as a top goal scorer. This 3rd position recorded his skillful goal after he beat the last man and clipped the ball over the goal keeper with his left foot.

2. After a long ball from Daley Blind, Robin Van Persie spotted Iker Casillas slightly off his line and scored with a diving looping header. This incredible header helped Netherlands to equalize after Xabi Alonso (Spain) scored from a penalty kick and contributed to the final score 5:1.

1. This first position went to James Rodriguez when he netted two goals against Uruguay. He controlled Abel Aguilar’s headed ball on his chest before volleying left-footed from 25 yards out with the ball going in off the underside of the crossbar, which won the 2014 FIFA Puskás Award later in the year.

Down here is a clip of the total top 10 goals of World Cup 2014. Enjoy!