Euro 2012: Mario Gomez or Miroslav Klose

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Bundesliga, Euro 2012, Germany
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Gomez (far left) and Klose (second from right): together on the pitch, but only one will start...

Who do you choose: the most prolific striker in Germany right now, or the most prolific in the last 30 years?

That’s the dilemma faced by Joachim Löw when it comes to deciding whether he starts with Mario Gomez or Miroslav Klose at this summer’s European Championships.

On paper, there shouldn’t really be any contest. While Klose has been doing a pretty steady job at Lazio this season – with 16 goals in 33 appearances – he doesn’t come close to matching the form of Gomez.

The Bayern Munich frontman has 38 goals already this season, and has notched up an astonishing 77 goals in his last 78 games for The Bavarians.

However, on the international scene it is a different story. Klose boasts a record of 63 goals in 114 internationals, only five behind Gerd Muller’s all-time record.

He is also level with Muller in the list of World Cup goalscorers, both on 14 and just one behind the top-placed Ronaldo.

Gomez, meanwhile, has played for Germany at two major tournaments – Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup – and failed to score a single goal in either. He did score a fairly impressive six goals in Germany’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, but this was overshadowed by Klose, who scored nine.

It’s not just his big tournament prowess that gives Klose a potential edge. As Zonal Marking’s Michael Cox tells us, it’s about the partnerships he has created as well.

Cox said: “On form you choose Gomez – he’s been brilliant. But on history you choose Klose. [He] is fascinating because he has a good relationship with Podolski, with Ozil, and with Muller. All three possible attackers in the 4-2-3-1, which is amazing, there is no other striker in world football I’d say has particularly good relationships with three other players in the team, I honestly think it’s unique.

“It’s so rare to have great partnerships, trios and quartets in international football – it’s not wise to break them up if it’s not needed. And for that reason, I’d pick Klose.”

However, Stefan Bienkowski, founder of Bundesliga Football and Bundesliga writer for Four Four Two, believes Gomez should be leading the line at the Euros. He said: “Gomez hasn’t had the best luck with Germany and his inability on the international stage has perhaps entirely contrasted with Klose’s record breaking form with the national side.

“Despite all this, I think Löw would be a mad man to ignore the progress Gomez has made at Bayern this season. I’d certainly choose the Bayern striker, but you never know!”

Who do you think should get the nod? Vote below…

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Comments
  1. mike says:

    KLOSE

  2. gafar says:

    Klose far better than Gomaz.I do not regard Gomez even an ordinary striker, his goals in bayern are because of the formation and tactics, of bayern, he scores because his play in the position that bayern tactics scores from, this means any player can score them and more.I am convinced that Olich if played instead of Gomaez will scores the same or help the team to win the title of bundsleiga.It is not important to score an easy hatrick in a match and do not scores in another loosing points and titles.Revise the chances of scoring that Gomez gets and fails on them; huge and simple.Do a calculation u will find Klose scores against big teams and defenses, while Gomez scores in easy matches.Gomez weakens the strong Bayern and may cause him to loose the Champions tilte.The good news is that Loew agree with me as I feel.When Loew change his mind to set Gomez as a striker he will loose his deserved tiltle and struggle in winning matches.

    • James Hunt says:

      While I think it’s slightly unfair to dismiss Gomez as such – after all, his record this season has been nothing short of brilliant – I agree that Klose offers more to the national side. And, as we’ve seen, and you point out, Gomez doesn’t necessarily perform in the ‘big’ matches – an example being the Champions League final. That said, he still scored 13 goals in the CL, which is a remarkable return. I do think Low will go with Klose, but Gomez isn’t exactly a bad alternative.

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