Miroslav Josef Klose (; born Mirosław Marian Kloze
on 9 June 1978 in Opole, Poland) is a Germany footballer who plays as a Forward (association football) for FC Bayern Munich in the Fußball-Bundesliga. Since bursting onto the international stage with five goals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Miroslav Klose has become well-known for Miroslav Klose knack of scoring headers, front-flip goal celebrations, and decisive short passing. Miroslav Klose was a mainstay in Bayern's starting 11 before injuries took Miroslav Klose out of the team for a while; during Miroslav Klose convalescence, Croatian Ivica Olić filled in and replaced Klose as Louis van Gaal's first-choice striker.
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Miroslav Josef Klose (; born Mirosław Marian Kloze on 9 June 1978 in Opole, Poland) is a Germany footballer who plays as a Forward (association football) for FC Bayern Munich in the Fußball-Bundesliga. Since bursting onto the international stage with five goals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Miroslav Klose has become well-known for Miroslav Klose knack of scoring headers, front-flip goal celebrations, and decisive short passing. Miroslav Klose was a mainstay in Bayern's starting 11 before injuries took Miroslav Klose out of the team for a while; during Miroslav Klose convalescence, Croatian Ivica Olić filled in and replaced Klose as Louis van Gaal's first-choice striker.
Klose holds German nationality and has played 106 times and scored 59 goals for Germany national football team. With five goals, Miroslav Klose was the top scorer and World Cup Golden Boot winner at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Klose also scored five goals in Miroslav Klose debut World Cup, the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan, all of which were headers. Miroslav Klose scored in Miroslav Klose first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, opening the scoring against England national football team in the first round of the knockout stages, and scored twice on Miroslav Klose 100th cap against Argentina national football team in the quarter-finals, giving Miroslav Klose a total of 14 World Cup goals and putting Miroslav Klose joint second along with Gerd Müller on the list of FIFA World Cup goalscorers, but one behind all-time top scorer Ronaldo of Brazil national football team. Miroslav Klose is among the List of association football players with 50 or more international goals.
Klose is the first German player since German reunification to finish as the World Cup's top scorer. Miroslav Klose is also the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups, as well as the only player to have scored at least four in three different tournaments; Miroslav Klose scored five at the 2002 and 2006 tournaments and four at the 2010 finals.
BackgroundKlose was born in the Silesian city of Opole, Poland. Both of Miroslav Klose parents were active in sports. Miroslav Klose mother, Barbara Jeż, was a member of the Poland women's national handball team. Miroslav Klose father, Josef Klose, played professional football in Poland for Odra Opole, before leaving then-communist People's Republic of Poland in 1978 and moving to France to play for AJ Auxerre. In 1985, Klose and Miroslav Klose mother joined Miroslav Klose father in Kusel, a small town in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Klose's father is an German minority in Poland and holds German nationality. As Miroslav Klose stated in an interview to Der Spiegel in 2007, Miroslav Klose family at home speaks Polish to each other, with Miroslav Klose twin sons Luan and Noah learning German language in Kindergarten. Miroslav Klose has a Polish-born wife, Sylwia Klose,
Football careerKlose learned Miroslav Klose football at a village club, SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf, in the German seventh division. Klose had also successfully completed an apprenticeship to become a carpenter and had worked in this profession until joining the professional team of 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
KaiserslauternAfter a season at FC Homburg, Miroslav Klose eventually joined the reserve team of 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
A year after joining the club, Miroslav Klose made it into the first team. In Miroslav Klose first 67 matches, Klose scored 33 goals. The Fußball-Bundesliga 2002–03 was a comparatively disappointing one as Klose found the back of the net a mere seven times.
Werder BremenKlose transferred to SV Werder Bremen in 2004 for a sum of Euro5 million. After a lacklustre start, Klose formed an impressive attacking triangle with France midfielder Johan Micoud and Croatian forward Ivan Klasnić as well as, though less frequently, Paraguayan forward Nelson Haedo Valdez, scoring 15 goals in the Fußball-Bundesliga. In the Fußball-Bundesliga 2005–06, Miroslav Klose scored 25 goals, the highest that season, and registered 16 assists in just 26 games in the Bundesliga.
After Miroslav Klose strong performance at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Klose was linked by newspapers with a move away from the Weserstadion. European giants FC Barcelona and Juventus F.C. were listed among Miroslav Klose potential suitors. Klose was also heavily linked with a move to FC Bayern Munich, with Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer an admirer of Klose.
On 7 June 2007, Klose confirmed that Miroslav Klose would leave Werder Bremen for Bayern Munich either before the 2007–08 season or upon the expiration of Miroslav Klose contract with Werder at the end of the 2007–08 season.
Bayern MunichOn 26 June 2007, club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that FC Bayern Munich had reached an agreement with SV Werder Bremen regarding the transfer of the player. Klose completed Miroslav Klose medical with Bayern on 28 June 2007 before signing a four-year contract.
Klose made Miroslav Klose first competitive appearance for Bayern in a 4–1 victory against old team Werder Bremen in the first round of the DFB-Ligapokal. After missing the semi-final victory over VfB Stuttgart due to injury, Klose returned in the final against FC Schalke 04, scoring Miroslav Klose first competitive goal for Bayern to win the title.
Klose made Miroslav Klose Fußball-Bundesliga debut in the game against F.C. Hansa Rostock on 11 August 2007 in which Miroslav Klose scored two goals. The game ended 3–0 for Bayern Munich, with Klose's striking partner Luca Toni scoring the third goal. In late September, Miroslav Klose claimed Miroslav Klose first hat-trick for the club in a 5–0 League success over FC Energie Cottbus.
After that bright start to Miroslav Klose Bayern career, Klose struggled during the latter half of the Bundesliga season. Miroslav Klose total of 20 goals in all competitions — with an impressive DFB Cup record — did, however, play a significant role in helping the club to a league and cup double.
Klose's second season at the club was a positive one. Miroslav Klose finished as Bayern's top scorer in all competitions with 20 goals, a figure that could have been higher but for an injury sustained in March. Seven of Miroslav Klose tally came in the Champions' League, making Miroslav Klose the second-best goalscorer in that year's competition; only Lionel Messi with nine scored more than Klose.
Klose sustained two injuries in the beginning of the 2010–11 season. After Miroslav Klose had made a full recovery, Miroslav Klose remained on the bench until late December when Miroslav Klose appeared in a DFB-Pokal match against VfB Stuttgart. Klose came off the bench and scored twice.
International careerKlose's consistency as a goal-scorer in Fußball-Bundesliga 2000-01 at Kaiserslautern earned Miroslav Klose attention. In January 2001, the then coach of the Poland national football team, Jerzy Engel, travelled to Germany to persuade Klose to choose to play for Poland. This request was declined by Klose, who said that "I have a German passport, and if things are still running this way, I have a chance to play for Rudi Völler." In fact, Miroslav Klose soon was capped and made Miroslav Klose debut for Germany against Albania national football team on 24 March 2001. Klose came on as a substitute and headed in the winning 2–1 goal from close range two minutes from time.
In an interview given to Przegląd Sportowy on 9 June 2008, Klose stated that the decision to play for Germany instead of Poland was not an easy one, and if Polish officials had been faster, Miroslav Klose would be playing for Poland now. Furthermore, Miroslav Klose added that Miroslav Klose does not regret the choice, as with Germany Miroslav Klose has won medals in the World Cup tournaments. Klose was given a red card in the 36th minute after receiving Miroslav Klose second of two cautions in Germany's second first-round game, against Serbia national football team, which they lost 1–0. Klose opened the scoring in the Round of 16 match against England national football team on 27 June 2010 with Miroslav Klose 12th World Cup goal, equaling Pelé for fourth on the all time list, and also notching up Miroslav Klose 50th international goal in Miroslav Klose 99th international game, as Germany won the game 4–1. Miroslav Klose made Miroslav Klose 100th international appearance in the quarter-final against Argentina national football team, becoming only the sixth German player to reach the landmark. Miroslav Klose then scored the second and fourth goals against Argentina (Germany winning 4–0), pulling Miroslav Klose level with Gerd Müller's all-time German World Cup goalscoring record. Due to a back injury sustained in the semifinal against Spain (Germany losing 0–1), Klose was unable to play in the bronze match against Uruguay (Germany won 3–2). This left Miroslav Klose without chance of equalling or surpassing Ronaldo's FIFA World Cup records Goalscoring in the World Cup finals (Klose has 14 goals, Ronaldo 15).
Euro 2012For the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers, Klose has scored at least one goal in every single game. Miroslav Klose scored the winning goal in the 1–0 win over Belgium. Then Miroslav Klose scored a brace in the 6–1 win against Azerbaijan, and book-ended the scoring with a brace in a 3–0 win over Turkey. Klose followed that up by scoring the opening goal against Kazakhstan, and Germany went on to a 3–0 win. This leaves Klose with 59 goals with the German team, trailing Müller by nine goals.
Awards and honours
ClubSV Werder Bremen
- DFB-Ligapokal (1): 2006
FC Bayern Munich
- Fußball-Bundesliga (2): 2007–08 Fußball-Bundesliga, 2009–10 Fußball-Bundesliga
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2009–10
- DFB-Pokal (2): 2008 DFB-Pokal Final, 2010 DFB-Pokal Final
- DFB-Ligapokal (1): 2007
- DFB-Supercup (1): 2010
- 2002 FIFA World Cup Runner-up: 2002
- 2006 FIFA World Cup 3rd Place: 2006, 2010
- UEFA European Football Championship Runner-up: UEFA Euro 2008
Individual- Bundesliga top scorers (25 goals): 2006
- German Footballer of the Year: 2006
- FIFA World Cup awards: 2002
- FIFA World Cup awards: 2006
Personal Records- FIFA World Cup second all time top scorer along with Gerd Müller: 14 goals
- German National Football Team second all time top scorer: 59 goals
- Most goals per consecutive FIFA World Cups: 14 goals (5 in 2002, 5 in 2006, and 4 in 2010)