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FRANKFURT---Miroslav Klose, the top
scorer in World Cup history, has retired
from Germany s national squad a month
after the team won the title for the fourth
The 36-year-old Klose scored twice in
Brazil, making him the highest-scoring play-
er in the tournament s history with 16 goals,
one ahead of Ronaldo. It was Klose s fourth
World Cup tournament.
With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is
also the highest-scoring player for Germany.
He is also the second most capped Germany
player with 137 matches.
"The title in Brazil fulfilled a childhood
dream of mine," Klose said in a statement
posted yesterday on the German national
team s Web site. "I am proud and happy
that I could contribute to this great success
for the German football. There is no better
time to close the national team chapter."
Klose is the second member of the World
Cup-winning side to step down after captain
Philipp Lahm. While Lahm s retirement
came as a surprise Klose s move was expect-
ed.The pair s retirement will be marked at
a ceremony before the September 3 friendly
against Argentina, the rival Germany beat
1-0 in the World Cup final. Neither will
play, the German federation said.
Germany coach Joachim Loew called
Klose a "world star," and "one of the greatest
strikers in football."
Klose was always Loew s preferred striker
and he was the only true striker in the World
Cup squad in Brazil. Klose started the tour-
nament on the bench but returned to the
starting 11 when Loew decided to abandon
the "false nine" formation and use a striker
"You can always rely on Miro Klose, he
kept his word," Loew said. "The same thing
happened in Brazil, I knew that Miro would
be top fit when it mattered."
Born in Poland, Klose moved with his
family to Germany at an early age and always
played for his adopted homeland.
Klose made his debut as a substitute for
Germany in a World Cup qualifier against
Albania on March 24, 2001, and scored the
winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
"The success of the team was always my
priority," Klose said.
With 71 goals for Germany, Klose sur-
passed the legendary Gerd Mueller (68).
Only Lothar Matthaeus played more games
for Germany at 150.
Klose played for Kaiserslautern, Werder
Bremen and Bayern Munich in the Bun-
desliga before moving to Italian club Lazio
in 2011, where he has another season on
his contract. (AP)
defender Eliaquim Mangala
became Manchester City s most
expensive signing of the off-
season when he joined the Eng-
lish champions from FC Porto
yesterday for a reported fee of
32 million pounds ($54 mil-
Strengthening City s defense
has been one of the priorities of
manager Manuel Pellegrini, with
the 23-year-old Mangala set to
compete with Argentina inter-
national Martin Demichelis to
partner Vincent Kompany at
"He is already a fine player
but in my opinion, he has all of
the mental, physical, technical
and tactical attributes to become
one of Europe s very best
defender," said Pellegrini, who
already has signed right back
Bacary Sagna and goalkeeper
"Eliaquim is a player I believe
will make an immediate impact
in the Premier League, thanks
to his physicality, his reading of
the game and quality on the
City didn t disclose the cost
of the transfer, but the reported
fee would put Mangala on the
list of the club s most expensive
players, along with forwards
Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and
Mangala, who has signed a
five-year deal, came close to
joining City in January but didn t
complete a move that was then
earmarked for the off-season.
He is the sixth recruit since
City clinched its second Premier
League title in May, after Sagna,
Caballero and midfielders Fer-
nando, Frank Lampard and
Mangala was in France s squad
at the World Cup but didn t play
a game in the team s run to the
quarterfinals. He has made three
international appearances and
has experience of playing in the
"City is a top club in Europe,"
Mangala said. "For me, it was
an important step to leave Porto
and join Manchester City in
order to continue my progress.
I want to win titles and I believe
I can do this."
City s defense struggled at
times last season, especially early
in the campaign and when
Kompany was out injured. But
it largely held firm in the run-
in as City won its last five
matches to overhaul Liverpool
to the championship, and only
Chelsea s defense conceded
fewer in the top division.
It is another big return for
Porto, the Portuguese club which
paid Standard Liege £5.5 million
for Mangala in 2011. (AP)
BARCELONA---Barcelona says Thomas Vermae-
len has a lingering muscle injury from the World
Cup that will keep him from training with his
Barcelona says Vermaelen still has a right-leg
muscle injury from playing for Belgium at the
World Cup. The club says the speed of his recovery
will determine when he practices with the rest of
Vermaelen was unveiled by Barcelona on Sunday
after the club paid Arsenal a reported 19 million
euros (US$25.4 million) for the 28-year-old centre
back. At his presentation, Vermaelen said that he
wanted to "put behind" the injuries that had
plagued him last season at Arsenal and "start
Barcelona opens the league against Elche. (AP)
NORWICH---Life outside the Premier League
couldn t have started any worse for Norwich
In its first competitive match since relegation
from the top division, Norwich lost 1-0 at Wolver-
hampton Wanderers, saw one of its top players
push a referee in the chest after being shown a
red card and received complaints that some of its
fans had shouted racial abuse.
Norwich said yesterday it is investigating alle-
gations of racist behavior by "two or three" of its
supporters during the match at Molineux. The
club has passed a number of complaints on to
the police, vowing that it will ban for life any
supporters found guilty.
Later yesterday, left back Martin Olsson was
charged with improper conduct by the English
Football Association for "making physical contact
with the referee" following his sending-off in the
60th minute. He has until Thursday to respond
to the charge. (AP)
Vermaelen starts Barcelona
stint with injury
Norwich embarrassed in first
match since relegation
Germany's Klose retires
City completes signing of Mangala
Eliaquim Mangala, from France, as he controls the ball against
Estoril in a Portuguese League football match at the Dragao
stadium, in Porto, Portugal on February 23. AP PHOTO
KIRKLAND---A November trial has been
set for US women s goalkeeper Hope Solo,
who is accused of assaulting her sister and
17-year-old nephew in June.
Solo, who also plays with the Seattle Reign
of the National Women s Soccer League,
appeared in court in Kirkland, Washington,
In June, she pleaded not guilty to two
counts of fourth-degree domestic violence.
KOMO-TV reports her lawyer has filed
a motion to dismiss the case. Her lawyer
has said Solo was a victim in the alterca-
A November 4 trial means Solo won t
miss time with the Reign or October s Con-
cacaf qualifying tournament for the 2015
World Cup in Canada.
Solo appeared in court accompanied by
her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight
end Jerramy Stevens. (AP)
SPLIT---Vladimir Beara, a Yugoslavia
international who is considered to be one
of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, has
died in Croatia, his family said yesterday.
He was 85.
His family says in a statement that Beara
died after a series of strokes over the past
Beara played 59 games for Yugoslavia,
winning the silver medal at the 1952
Olympics. He also played for Hajduk Split,
Red Star Belgrade, Alemannia Aachen and
Lev Yashin, the Soviet Union star con-
sidered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper
of all time, said in 1963 that Beara was better
than he was.
Beara was the Red Star goalkeeper against
Manchester United in the last game United
played before the Munich air crash in 1958.
Former goalkeeping great Vladimir Beara dies at 85
Hope Solo trial date set in assault case
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