For better or worse, Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling has had his fair share of modest seasons. But as his goal-tally indicates, this year belongs to him. Twenty-three goals to date in the calendar year makes him the most prolific striker in the Bundesliga right now.
In addition, his team also appears to be the only one that can realistically overtake Bayern Munich in the race to the Meisterschale, as Leverkusen trail the Bavarians by 11 points. Quite the gap to overcome, yet it’s the closest compared to that of reigning champs Dortmund or Schalke.
That’s why there are more questions than answers surrounding the exclusion of the player with the most goals in the calendar year in Joachim Loew’s nationalelf. Kiessling remains undetected on Jogi’s radar of starting strikers, well behind Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez in the pecking order.
But Kiessling isn’t a man of many words. Calm and collected in his demeanour, Kiessling rarely expresses his dissatisfaction with those in authority. It’s not his style to engage in public feuds, but last month his frustration was slowly starting to spill over.
He admitted to Die Welt that he was irritated at being omitted and before dwelling on the negative for too long he added, “But I did read that Loew had noticed me.” Indeed he had. The day before the friendly against the Netherlands, Jogi made clear that he hasn’t ignored Kiessling’s efforts.
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