Klose in 2012
|Full name||Miroslav Josef Klose|
|Date of birth||9 June 1978|
|Place of birth||Opole, Poland|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 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 14:56, 30 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Miroslav Josef Klose (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪʁoslaf ˈkloːzə] ( ), Polish: [miˈrɔswaf ˈklɔzɛ]; born 9 June 1978) is a German professional footballer who plays as a striker for Lazio in the Serie A.
Klose holds German nationality and has played 130 times and scored 68 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 one of only two players, along with Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas, to have scored at least five goals in two different World Cups, as well as the only player to have scored at least four in three different tournaments. With 68 goals in 130 matches, he is currently Germany's joint all-time top scorer with Müller.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Awards and honours
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Fairplay
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Klose was born in the Silesian city of Opole, Poland. His father, Josef Klose was a professional footballer who 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.
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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.
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.
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.
On 7 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.
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 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.
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. It was the first time since the 1984–85 season that a player scored five goals in the same game in Serie A.
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 24 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 two 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
During the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Klose has scored at least one goal in every single game he played, striking against all of Germany's 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.
2014 World Cup
Style of play
Klose is an exceptional header of the ball as he scored an astonishing five times in the World Cup with his head alone, which is the current record for scoring most goals from headers in a single edition of the World Cups.
- 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||Millennium Stadium, 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|
|68.||6 September 2013||Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany||Austria||1–0||3–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Awards and honours
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2006
- Bundesliga: 2007–08, 2009–10
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2009–10
- DFB-Pokal: 2008, 2010
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2007
- DFB-Supercup: 2010
- 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
- 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 joint all-time top scorer: 68 goals, tied with Gerd Müller
- Germany's second most capped player behind Lothar Matthäus
- One of eight players in Serie A history scoring five goals in a match
- As of 30 March 2014
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||1999–2000||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Germany national team|
At the end of September 2012, Klose scored a goal using his hand 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.
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