Miroslav Klose, discarded by Hollywood FC (Bayern Muenchen) and released transfer fee-free past July, found a welcoming home in Roma and S.S. Lazio, the ‘other Italian 1st division (Serie A) team in the nation’s capital. The 33-year-old Polish born German who has set all sorts of scoring records with the German National Team, has enjoyed the move south due in large part to something very simple … he’s playing soccer regularly … and doing it very well. Since joining Lazio, Klose has scored 6 times in Serie A and Europa League games including match winners two weeks in a row. The latest, Sunday’s 93rd minute thriller against arch rivals AS Roma in front of rabid Lazio supporters at the Stadio Olimpico, marked for me Klose’s homecoming to Italian football and the beginning of another chapter in the series “German Footballers kick ass in Italy” … molto impressionante! I say homecoming, because to me, Klose has been a wanderer, looking for respect, ever since he ‘sold out’ and left Bremen for Bayern after the 2006/7 Bundesliga campaign. His saving grace … consistently dominant performances for Germany at all international competitions.
So Sunday, the world stage was set for the 167th edition of the Derby della Capitale, the local derby between Rome’s major teams Roma and Lazio. Considered to be the fiercest rivalry in the country and one of the greatest and hotly contested capital derbies in Europe, the game and Miro Klose did not disappoint. A bit of background – since November 1953, all matches have been played in Stadio Olimpico, the 72,000+ capacity home pitch of both Lazio and Roma, and in total the two rivals have battled 167 times, 135 of those in Serie A competition. While Roma has tallied 17 more victories including the last 5 since December 2009, Sunday’s Lazio home performance and last-minute heroics put an end to that streak. If a picture is worth a 1000 words, a thrilling video clip is worth a million … here’s Miro’s goal and the ensuing mayhem.
Football is about passion and inspiration and Klose’s latest performance fueled my tank on both accounts. If you don’t ‘buy it’ from me, take the Lazio faithful’s word for it … Ole Ole Ole Kloseee
I am back to blogging and posting fun and hopeful interesting football/soccer stuff on the site so you can again get used to lots of fresh content … all leading up to UEFA’s EURO 2012 competition next summer in Poland and Ukraine