Josef Klose

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Józef Klose
Personal information
Full name Józef Klose[1]
Date of birth (1947-10-03) 3 October 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Kandrzin-Cosel, Poland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1978 Odra Opole (36)
1978–1980 AJ Auxerre 57 (11)
1981–1984 FC Chalon 57 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Josef Klose (born 3 October 1947) is a former footballer. He is the father of former German national striker and 2014 world cup-winner Miroslav Klose.

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 [2] 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.

He is married to Barbara Jeż, a former member of the Poland women's national handball team (appearing in 82 international matches as goalkeeper[3]).

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,[4] which they did in 1985, settling down in Kusel.


  1. ^ "HISTORIA OKS "Odra" Opole". Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
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  3. ^ - Magazine Archived 2002-06-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ 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. 

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