Fresh from helping Lazio to a famous victory over local rivals Roma at the weekend, Miroslav Klose has revealed his retirement plans.
The German striker – who scored a 92nd minute winner against Lazio’s fiercest rivals – believes he will only play professional football for another three years.
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Klose is a hero amongst the Lazio fans at the moment, but said: “If all goes well, I hope to play until 2014 with Lazio, appear in the World Cup and then end my career.”
“Who knows me well is aware that the World Cup is my objective.”
Not everything is positive for Klose ahead of this evening’s trip to Bologna though. During the win over Roma there was a banner amongst the Lazio faithful which read ‘Klose is with us’ alongside a fascist symbol.
The banner – which is currently under investigation – left the German far from happy: “I’m furious. Politics should stay out of the stadium.”
Despite this, Klose will be ready to lead the line once again this evening as Lazio search for three points against Bologna. As things stand, they are 4th in Serie A after two league victories in a row.
The hosts – who narrowly avoiding relegation last season – are hovering around the drop zone again this year with just four points from their opening six games.
This means that Lazio are favourites to pick up the points, but Bologna will take heart from their first win of the campaign at Novara last time out. They will hope that this is the start of a better run for them.
It is certainly fair to say that Lazio don’t do things the easy way – they haven’t won any of their games this year by more than a single goal – and this will encourage Bologna that they can at least be competitive.
This is the final Serie A fixture of the weekend as it gets underway at 7.45pm this evening.