|Full name||Miroslav Josef Klose|
|Date of birth||9 June 1978|
|Place of birth||Opole, Poland|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1998–1999||FC 08 Homburg II||15||(10)|
|1998–1999||FC 08 Homburg||18||(1)|
|1999–2001||1. FC Kaiserslautern II||50||(26)|
|1999–2004||1. FC Kaiserslautern||120||(44)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:05, 22 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Klose holds German nationality and has played 126 times and scored 67 goals for Germany. With five goals, he was the top scorer and Golden Boot winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the first German player to win the award since reunification. Klose also scored five goals in his debut World Cup, the 2002 World Cup, all of which were headers. He scored four times in the 2010 World Cup, giving him a total of 14 World Cup goals and putting him joint second along with Gerd Müller on the list of top FIFA World Cup goalscorers.
Klose is also the only player to have scored at least five goals in consecutive World Cups, as well as the only player to have scored at least four in three different tournaments.
Klose was born in the Silesian city of Opole, Poland. His father, Josef Klose was a professional footballer played in Poland for Odra Opole, before leaving the communist Poland in 1978 to France. Josef Klose played for AJ Auxerre a French football club in Ligue 1 as a winger. Both of his parents were active in sports. His mother, Barbara Jeż, was also a member of the Poland women's national handball team. In 1986, Miroslav Klose at the age of eight joined his father in Kusel in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate Germany. Josef Klose is an ethnic German and holds German nationality. When Klose arrived in Germany in 1986, he knew only two words of German.
Klose himself said in an interview in 2008 to Przegląd Sportowy that it would be best for him not to be called German or Polish, but European. As he stated in an interview to Der Spiegel in 2007, his family at home speaks Polish to each other, with his twin sons Luan and Noah are learning German in Kindergarten. He has a Polish-born wife, Sylwia Klose.
Football career 
Klose was playing in his first youth career in SG-Blaubach Diedelkopf after leaving the A-youth district league team of West Palatinate (Seventh Division), where he had joined the team in 1987. In 1998, at the age of 20. Klose joined the former Bundesliga club FC Homburg where he played 18 games.
Club career 
His career in the professional game began when he was 20 with a switch to the reserves at former Bundesliga outfit FC Homburg. Twelve months later, he moved to FC Kaiserslautern reserve team. His talented, hard-working and prolific displays earned him promotion to the Bundesliga squad shortly afterwards. A year after joining the club, he made it into the first team. In his first 67 matches, Klose scored 33 goals and finally achieved regular status in FC Kaiserslautern
Werder Bremen 
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On 2 March 2004, Klose signed a four–year contract with German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen for a fee of €5 million ($6.2 million). He made his league debut on 6 August 2004, as a substitute for Paraguayan striker Nelson Valdez in a 1–0 home win against Schalke 04. On 29 August 2004, Klose scored his first goal, an equaliser, which Bremen lost 1–2 at home against Wolfsburg. After a lacklustre start, Klose formed an impressive attacking triangle with French midfielder Johan Micoud and Croatian forward Ivan Klasnić as well as, though less frequently, Paraguayan forward Nelson Valdez, scoring 15 goals in the Bundesliga. In the 2005–06 season, he scored 25 goals, the highest that season, and registered 16 assists in just 26 games in the Bundesliga.
After his strong performance at the 2006 World Cup, Klose was linked by newspapers with a move away from the Weserstadion. European giants FC Barcelona and Juventus were listed among his potential suitors. Klose was also heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich, with Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer an admirer of Klose.
On 7 June 2007, Klose confirmed that he would leave Werder Bremen for Bayern Munich either before the 2007–08 season or upon the expiration of his contract with Werder at the end of the 2007–08 season.
Bayern Munich 
On 26 June 2007, club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Bayern Munich had reached an agreement with Werder Bremen regarding the transfer of the player. Klose completed his medical with Bayern on 28 June 2007 before signing a four-year contract.
Klose made his 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 Schalke 04, scoring his first competitive goal for Bayern to win the title.
Klose made his Bundesliga debut in the game against Hansa Rostock on 11 August 2007 in which he 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, he claimed his first hat-trick for the club in a 5–0 League success over Energie Cottbus.
After that bright start to his Bayern career, Klose struggled during the latter half of the Bundesliga season. His 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. He 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 his tally came in the Champions' League, making him 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 he had made a full recovery, he remained on the bench until late December when he appeared in a DFB-Pokal match against VfB Stuttgart. Klose came off the bench and scored twice.
On 6 June 2011, with his contract about to expire, Klose did not reach an agreement with Bayern Munich, thus leaving the club at the end of the 2010–11 season.
2011–12 season 
Klose signed a three-year contract with Lazio on 9 June 2011. He scored his first goal for Lazio in UEFA Europa League 2012 Play-offs and also assisted four other goals. Lazio won that game 6–0 and won the play-offs by 9–1 aggregate against Rabotnički. On 9 September 2011, he made his league debut in a 2–2 draw against Milan and scored a goal in the 12th minute, which was the first Serie A goal of the season. Despite only being at the club for a few months his coach Edy Reja has already underlined his importance to the team. On 16 October 2011, Klose scored in the 93rd minute to win the Rome derby 2–1 for Lazio. However, the occasion was tainted by a small section of radical Lazio fans holding a sign adapted from a motto used by the Nazis. The sign read 'Klose Mit Uns', which means 'Klose with us'. It was intended by those fans as praise for Klose; however, the Nazis used the motto 'God with us' and the Lazio fans' sign featured the 'S's in the same font as the logo of Hitler's SS. Klose has explicitly condemned the sign, adding 'politics should stay out of the stadium'.
On 10 December 2011, Klose scored twice and assisted one for Lazio in an away game against Lecce, including an 87-minute goal that gave Lazio a 2–3 victory. He was prolific in the first half of the season and mid-way through the second until a thigh injury ruled him out for about seven weeks. He returned to action in an away game to Atalanta coming on as a substitute. He was able to score 16 goals in all competition for the Biancocelesti.
2012–13 season 
On 2 September 2012, Klose scored his first Serie A goal of the season, scoring a brace in Lazio's 3–0 home defeat of Palermo. On 26 September, Klose accidentally scored a goal with his hand against Napoli for Lazio, not seen by the referee. However, Klose showed great sportsmanship by informing the referee and asking to discount the goal. The referee then reversed the decision and the goal was discounted. Lazio were beaten 3–0.
On 2 December, Klose scored his ninth goal of the season, securing a 2–1 victory over Parma, lifting Lazio into fourth place in Serie A. Two weeks later on 15 December, he scored a late goal to send his side to a 1–0 victory over second place Internazionale, reducing the gap between the two sides to one point. On 5 May 2013, he scored five goals against Bologna before being substituted for Louis Saha in the 68th minute.
International career 
Klose's consistency as a goal-scorer in his first Bundesliga season at Kaiserslautern earned him attention. In January 2001, the then coach of the Polish national 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." Klose's hopes were justified, as he would soon score for Germany.
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, he would be playing for Poland now. Furthermore, he added that he does not regret the choice, as with Germany he has won medals in the World Cup tournaments. The German national team has never lost a game in which Klose has scored.
2002 World Cup 
Klose's international debut came on 21 March 2001 in a World Cup qualifier against Albania, in the 73rd minute coach Rudi Völler put him in as a substitute. Two minutes from time he headed home the 2–1 winner for Germany and celebrated with a front-flip. Four days later in his second match Klose helped Germany temporarily lead their qualification group, he came on in the 67th minute and scored the 3–2 against Greece in the 82nd minute, making it two crucial goals in only 33 minutes on the pitch. Two hat-tricks against Israel and Austria in friendlies prior to the upcoming World Cup were enough to establish him in Germany's starting lineup for the tournament.
Klose came to international prominence at the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan, because he scored five headed goals for Germany, finishing joint second highest goal scorer along with Rivaldo. He became the first player ever to score five headers in a World Cup, and he celebrated all of his goals with his trademark front-flip, earning him the nickname "Salto-Klose". His goal tally included a hat-trick in Germany's 8–0 hammering of Saudi Arabia, as well as one goal each against Ireland and Cameroon.
Euro 2004 
Klose also participated in Euro 2004 and came on as a substitute in two games, against Latvia and the Czech Republic, but was not completely fit, since he just recovered from a knee injury. He wasn't able to score and Germany went out in the first round.
2006 World Cup 
Klose was named to his second successive World Cup team for the 2006 World Cup. In the opening match against Costa Rica, coinciding with his 28th birthday, Klose scored two goals, in the 17th and 61st minutes respectively. This led to Germany's 4–2 win over Costa Rica. He scored another two goals against Ecuador on 20 June, putting him on top of the tournament top scorer list with four goals.
Klose also played a major part in Germany's 2–0 win over Sweden in the first knockout round, demonstrating his ability to provide assists as he set up strike partner Lukas Podolski for both goals. Klose scored the equaliser against Argentina in the quarter-final game played on 30 June 2006, with Germany going on to win 4–2 on penalties. This was his first headed goal in two years, three of the first four in the tournament were scored with his favoured right foot.
Klose is the first German since Gerd Müller in the 1970s to become the top scorer at a World Cup. During the tournament, he formed a formidable strike partnership with Lukas Podolski, scoring eight goals between them as Germany topped the scoring charts with 14 goals in seven matches. Klose and team-mate Michael Ballack became the only two All-Star Team Players of the 2006 World Cup to be in the previous All-Star Team of 2002.
Euro 2008 
On 6 September 2006, Klose scored two away goals against San Marino in a 13–0 Euro 2008 qualifying win which took his international goal tally to 33, the same amount as his idol Fritz Walter and to joint seventh in the list of all-time goalscorers for Germany.
He had a goal drought for a long time with the national team, causing speculation that he may be dropped from the starting line-up. But German coach Joachim Löw has denied this.
Another highlight in Klose's career came on 8 September 2007, as he captained Germany for the first time and celebrated this honour by scoring both of his country's goals in a 2–0 victory over Wales.
In the main tournament, Klose started the opening group game against Poland and assisted Lukas Podolski's two goals in a 2–0 victory. He played the remaining two group games against Croatia and Austria with no goals of his own. He finally broke his duck during the knockout stages, scoring for Germany in quarter-final and semi-final against Portugal and Turkey, respectively. In both games he scored Germanys second goal, and both games were won by 3–2. He was unable, however, to score during the final against Spain, as they lost the match 1–0.
2010 World Cup 
Klose was selected in Germany's final 23-man squad, and for his third successive World Cup campaign. On 13 June, Klose scored the second goal against Australia in their opening group game, a 4–0 victory. This goal put him level in World Cup goals with his former coach Jürgen Klinsmann. Klose was given a red card in the 36th minute after receiving his second of two cautions in Germany's second first-round game against Serbia, which Germany lost 1–0.
He opened the scoring in the Round of 16 match against England on 27 June 2010 with his 12th World Cup goal, equalling Pelé for fourth on the all time list, and also notching up his 50th international goal in his 99th international game, as Germany won the game 4–1. The assist to this goal came from young goalkeeper Manuel Neuer straight from a goalkick.
Klose made his 100th international appearance in the quarter-final match against Argentina, becoming only the sixth German player to reach the landmark. He then scored the second and fourth goals against Argentina (Germany winning 4–0), pulling him level with Gerd Müller's all-time German World Cup goalscoring record. Due to a back injury sustained in the semi-final against Spain (which Germany lost 0–1), Klose was unable to play in Germany's 3–2 bronze medal-winning match against Uruguay. This deprived him of the chance to equal or surpass Ronaldo's record number of goals in the World Cup finals – Klose has 14 goals, Ronaldo has 15.
Euro 2012 
During the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Klose has scored at least one goal in every single game he played, striking against all of Germanys opponents: Belgium, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Austria. Gaining only six caps during the qualification campaign, he scored nine goals and provided two assists making him Europe's second most successful striker for this period behind Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who scored 12 times in eight matches. At the end of the qualifying campaign he had achieved 21 assists and 63 goals while playing for Germany, trailing Gerd Müller's German goalscoring record by five and playing almost twice as many international games for Germany compared to Müller. He has been named in Germany's squad for the tournament. Mario Gómez was preferred to him by coach Joachim Löw to start for the first three matches. Even though, he came on as a sub for Gómez in all three matches. At the quarter-final stage, he was included in the starting line up. He scored a goal in the match against Greece in the quarter final, consolidating the fact that in any international match Klose has ever scored, the German national team has never lost.
2014 World Cup 
International goals 
- Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
|1.||24 March 2001||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||Albania||2–1||2–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|2.||28 March 2001||Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece||Greece||3–2||4–2||2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|3.||13 February 2002||Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Israel||1–1||7–1||Friendly|
|6.||18 May 2002||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||Austria||1–0||6–2||Friendly|
|9.||1 June 2002||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan||Saudi Arabia||1–0||8–0||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|12.||5 June 2002||Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Japan||Republic of Ireland||1–0||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|13.||11 June 2002||Shizuoka Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan||Cameroon||2–0||2–0||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|14.||16 October 2002||AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany||Faroe Islands||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|15.||11 June 2003||Gundadalur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|16.||18 February 2004||Gradski stadion u Poljudu, Split, Croatia||Croatia||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|17.||17 November 2004||Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany||Cameroon||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|19.||16 December 2004||International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan||Japan||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|21.||1 March 2006||Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany||United States||3–0||4–1||Friendly|
|22.||27 May 2006||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg, Germany||Luxembourg||1–0||7–0||Friendly|
|24.||30 May 2006||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||Japan||1–2||2–2||Friendly|
|25.||9 June 2006||Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany||Costa Rica||2–1||4–2||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|27.||20 June 2006||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Ecuador||1–0||3–0||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|29.||30 June 2006||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Argentina||1–1||1–1 (a.e.t.), 4–2 (pen.)||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|30.||16 August 2006||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||Sweden||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|32.||6 September 2006||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||3–0||13–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|34.||8 September 2007||Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|36.||17 November 2007||AWD Arena, Hannover, Germany||Cyprus||2–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|37.||6 February 2008||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||Austria||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|38.||26 March 2008||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|39.||27 May 2008||Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Belarus||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|40.||19 June 2008||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Portugal||2–0||3–2||UEFA Euro 2008|
|41.||25 June 2008||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Turkey||2–1||3–2||UEFA Euro 2008|
|42.||10 September 2008||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Finland||1–1||3–3||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|45.||12 August 2009||Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||2–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|46.||9 September 2009||AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany||Azerbaijan||2–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|48.||10 October 2009||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia||Russia||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|49.||13 June 2010||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa||Australia||2–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|50.||27 June 2010||Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa||England||1–0||4–1||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|51.||3 July 2010||Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa||Argentina||2–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|53.||3 September 2010||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|54.||7 September 2010||RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany||Azerbaijan||3–0||6–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|56.||8 October 2010||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Turkey||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|58.||12 October 2010||Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|59.||9 February 2011||Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany||Italy||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|60.||26 March 2011||Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Kazakhstan||1–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|62.||2 September 2011||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||Austria||1–0||6–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|63.||15 November 2011||Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany||Netherlands||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|64.||22 June 2012||PGE Arena Gdańsk, Gdansk, Poland||Greece||3–1||4–2||UEFA Euro 2012|
|65.||12 October 2012||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland||Republic of Ireland||4–0||6–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|66.||16 October 2012||Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany||Sweden||1–0||4–4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Awards and honours 
- DFB-Ligapokal (1): 2006
- Bundesliga (2): 2007–08, 2009–10
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2009–10
- DFB-Pokal (2): 2008, 2010
- DFB-Ligapokal (1): 2007
- DFB-Supercup (1): 2010
National team 
- FIFA World Cup Runner-up: 2002
- FIFA World Cup 3rd Place: 2006, 2010
- UEFA European Football Championship Runner-up: 2008
- German Footballer of the Year: 2006
- Bundesliga Top Goalscorer (25 goals): 2006
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002, 2006
- FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe: 2002
- FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe: 2006
Personal records 
- FIFA World Cup second all-time top scorer along with Gerd Müller: 14 goals (five in 2002, five in 2006, and four in 2010)
- Only player to have scored at least four goals in three FIFA World Cups
- Scored at least five goals in two FIFA World Cups, record shared only with Teófilo Cubillas, only player to have scored five goals in two consecutive FIFA World Cups
- Only player to have participated in five Euro and World Cup semifinals
- Germany's second all-time top scorer: 67 goals, only behind Gerd Müller
- Germany's second most capped player behind Lothar Matthäus
- One of eight players in Serie A history scoring 5 goals in a match
Career statistics 
- As of 5 May 2013
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||1999–2000||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
For his fair conductment during the match between Werder Bremen and Arminia Bielefeld in April 2005, Klose received from the Deutsche Olympische Gesellschaft the Fair-Play-Plakette des deutschen Sports and from the Verband Deutscher Sportjournalisten the Fairplay-Trophäe. The referee whistled for a penalty. Klose then told the referee that the goalkeeper had the ball first when Klose fell. The referee took back his penalty decision and also the yellow card for the goalkeeper Mathias Hain.
In the end of September 2012, Klose scored a hand goal against Napoli. Klose admitted this to the referee, who then took back his decision for the goal, spared Klose from a yellow card and shook his hand.
- Klose celebrated his goals by performing the front-flip four times out of 14 goals he scored in the FIFA World Cup (two times in 2002, once each in 2006 and 2010).
- Despite playing as a central striker, Klose averaged over ten assists every season throughout the three seasons he played for Werder Bremen.
- He participated in the song Hope by German Rockband Room77 together with fellow team-mates Mario Gómez and Philipp Lahm.
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