|Full name||Józef Klose|
|Date of birth||3 October 1947|
|Place of birth||Kandrzin-Cosel, Poland|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Josef Klose began his career at Energetyk Sławięcice. From 1966 he was a forward for Odra Opole. In November 1978, the year his son was born, he joined French side AJ Auxerre  when in Ligue 2. He helped them get promoted in 1980 to Ligue 1 where he played 14 games, scoring twice. From 1981 to 1984, already in his mid-thirties, he played for fourth league side Châlons-sur-Saône FC.
His family, of Silesian-German ancestry, had been German citizens in the Province of Upper Silesia (until 1945) and thus could resettle in West Germany as Aussiedler, which they did in 1985, settling down in Kusel.
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- uefa.com - Magazine Archived 2002-06-07 at the Wayback Machine.
- Thomas Urban (2006-06-26). "Stolz von Oberschlesien - Der Vater von Miroslav Klose will nur eines nicht: als Pole gelten" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung online. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2008-02-18.