Germany striker Miroslav Klose believes that this year is his country’s time to win the World Cup following the disappointment of 2002.
The tournament in South Korea/Japan 12 years ago was the last time the European heavyweights made the final, which they lost to Brazil.
Some of those ghosts were put to rest during their last game as they battered this edition’s hosts 7-1, but there are worries heading into the last clash with Argentina, as no nation from outside South America has ever succeeded in the continent.
But Klose – who is the World Cup’s highest ever goalscorer following an effort in Germany’s last outing – believes that this is the time for his nation to succeed:
“2002 was different, we were a young team, no one expected us to reach the final. But in the end we did. Still it feels really awful to lose a final, so it’s our time to win this one now.” He is quoted by Goal.
“For us, team spirit is not an empty expression. No one bears any animosity. They are all very professional and mature, even if some of them are only 25 or 26, some even younger. We are a team, a close-knit unit. We win and lose together.
“We enjoyed the game against Brazil but we ticked it off after 24 hours. Sadly, it was only a semi-final, as in the next game against Argentina, we have to again play to the best of our abilities.
“I am just looking forward to an exciting game, which will be marked by tactics and a bit of trickery. A repeat of the Brazil game is not on the cards.”