Miroslav Klose

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Miroslav Klose
FIFA WC-qualification 2014 - Austria vs. Germany 2012-09-11 - Miroslav Klose 01.JPG
Klose playing for Germany in 2012
Personal information
Full name Miroslav Josef Klose[1]
Date of birth (1978-06-09) 9 June 1978 (age 36)[2]
Place of birth Opole, Poland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 11
Youth career
1987–1997 SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf
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)
2004–2007 Werder Bremen 89 (53)
2007–2011 Bayern Munich 98 (24)
2011– Lazio 80 (35)
National team
2001– Germany 136 (71)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:33, 10 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:57, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Miroslav Josef Klose (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪʁoslaf ˈkloːzə] ( ),Polish: Mirosław Marian Klose; born on 9 June 1978)[4] is a German professional footballer of Polish descent who plays as a striker for Lazio in the Italian Serie A and the German national football team.

Klose is currently Germany's all-time top scorer with 71 goals. He won the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup in Germany by scoring five goals,[5] and Klose also scored five goals in his debut World Cup in 2002. He scored four times in the 2010 World Cup, and has scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, including one in the 7–1 semi-final victory against Brazil which put him ahead of Ronaldo to become the overall top scorer in the FIFA World Cup's history with 16 goals.[6] By scoring in the 2014 tournament, Klose equalled his compatriot Uwe Seeler and Brazilian Pelé's achievements in being the only players to have scored in four different World Cups.[7] He is also one of only three players, along with Peruvian Teófilo Cubillas and German colleague Thomas Müller, 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.[8] The German national team has never lost a game in which Klose has scored.[9]

Background and personal life[edit]

Klose was born in the Silesian city of Opole, Poland. Both of his parents were professional athletes.[10] His father, Josef Klose, was a professional footballer who played in Poland for Odra Opole, before leaving communist Poland in 1978 to play for French team AJ Auxerre.[11] His mother, Barbara Jeż, was a member of the Poland women's national handball team. As an ethnic German and German national, Josef Klose was an Aussiedler whose family had remained behind when Silesia was awarded to Poland after World War II, and decided to bring his family to Germany.[4] In 1986, then eight-year-old Miroslav joined his father in Kusel, Rhineland-Palatinate and knew only two words of German.[12] His name was then legaly changed to Miroslav.

Klose and his wife Sylwia have twin sons, Luan and Noah.[13][14] In a 2007 interview with Der Spiegel he stated that he and his wife speak Polish to their children at home, while the children learn German in school.[15]

Klose is a practicing Catholic and visited Pope Benedict XVI in March 2012.[16]

Club career[edit]

Kaiserslautern[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Werder Bremen[edit]

Miroslav Klose at Werder Bremen

In March 2004, Klose signed a four-year contract with German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen for a fee of €5 million ($6.2 million).[17][18] 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.[19][20] On 29 August 2004, Klose scored his first goal, an equaliser, but Bremen lost 2–1 at home against Wolfsburg.[21][22]

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.[23]

Bayern Munich[edit]

Luca Toni and Klose (18), Olympiastadion, Hertha BSC vs. Bayern Munich, 2009

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.[citation needed]

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.[24]

Lazio[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

Klose signed a three-year contract with Lazio on 9 June 2011.[25] 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 9–1 on aggregate against Rabotnički.[26] 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 having been at the club for only a few months his coach Edy Reja already underlined his importance to the team.[27] 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'.[28][29][30]

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.[31]

2012–13 season[edit]

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.[32] 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.[33]

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.[34] 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.[35] On 5 May 2013, he scored five goals against Bologna before being substituted for Louis Saha in the 68th minute.[36] It was the first time since the 1984–85 season that a player scored five goals in the same game in Serie A.[37]

On 26 May, he won the Coppa Italia beating Lazio's city rivals Roma 1–0, the sixth in Lazio's history and the first time in the history of the tournament to see a Lazio-Roma derby in the final.[38]

International career[edit]

Klose during the 2006 FIFA World Cup

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.[39]

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.[40]

2002 World Cup[edit]

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.[41] 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.[42]

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".[43] 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.[44]

Euro 2004[edit]

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 was not able to score and Germany went out in the first round.[45]

2006 World Cup[edit]

Miroslav Klose playing in the 2006 World Cup

In the opening match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Klose scored two close-range goals in a 4–2 win over Costa Rica,[46] and added a similar brace in the final group game to defeat Ecuador 3–0 and make Germany the group winners.[47]

He scored an 80th-minute headed equaliser against Argentina in the quarter-finals, and Germany won the resulting penalty shootout.[48] With five goals, he finished as the top scorer of the tournament.[49]

Euro 2008[edit]

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 Germany's second goal, and both games were won by 3–2. He was, however, unable to score during the final against Spain, as they lost the match 1–0.[50][51]

2010 World Cup[edit]

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.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

Euro 2012[edit]

During the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Klose 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.[55] 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 (albeit playing almost twice as many internationals compared to Müller).[56]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Klose celebrating his record-breaking 16th World Cup goal, with Thomas Müller

Klose said that the 2014 World Cup will be his last one for Germany, stating that he would like one more shot at trying to win the World Cup with Germany.[57][58][59] On 6 June 2014, in Germany's final friendly before the World Cup against Armenia, Klose scored his 69th international goal, thus breaking Gerd Müller's record of 68 goals and becoming Germany's record goalscorer.[60] He scored his record-equalling 15th World Cup goal in Germany's 2–2 draw against Ghana on 21 June 2014.[61] This tied him with Ronaldo, who also scored 15 World Cup goals for Brazil.[62] Also with this goal, Klose became the third player in history to score in four different World Cups. On 8 July 2014, Klose scored a record 16th World Cup goal in the 23rd minute against Brazil in the semi-finals, his second goal of the 2014 World Cup. Klose gave Germany a 2–0 lead, en route to a 7–1 win over World Cup host, Brazil, surpassing Ronaldo's previous record of 15 World Cup goals. [63]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:

Awards and honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich
Lazio

National team[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

Personal records[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 May 2014.[67]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1. FC Kaiserslautern 1999–2000 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01 29 9 4 0 12 2 45 11
2001–02 31 16 4 0 - - 35 16
2002–03 32 9 4 4 0 0 36 13
2003–04 26 10 1 1 2 1 29 12
Total 120 44 13 5 14 3 147 52
Werder Bremen 2004–05 32 15 5 0 8 2 45 17
2005–06 26 25 5 2 9 4 40 31
2006–07 31 13 3 0 13 2 47 15
Total 89 53 13 2 30 8 132 63
Bayern Munich 2007–08 27 10 8 6 12 5 47 21
2008–09 26 10 4 3 8 7 38 20
2009–10 25 3 5 2 8 1 38 6
2010–11 20 1 4 3 2 1 26 5
Total 98 24 21 14 30 14 149 52
Lazio 2011–12 27 13 2 0 6 3 35 16
2012–13 29 15 2 0 5 1 36 16
2013–14 24 7 1 0 3 1 28 8
Total 80 35 5 0 14 5 99 40
Career totals 384 155 52 21 88 30 524 206

* Includes DFB-Ligapokal and DFL-Supercup.

National[edit]

As of 8 July 2014
Germany national team[68]
Year Apps Goals
2001 7 2
2002 17 12
2003 10 1
2004 11 5
2005 5 0
2006 17 13
2007 5 3
2008 15 8
2009 6 4
2010 12 10
2011 8 5
2012 13 4
2013 4 1
2014 6 3
Total 136 71

Fairplay[edit]

On 30 April 2005, while playing for Werder Bremen, Klose refused to accept a penalty given against Arminia Bielefeld due to it being incorrect. He was later given a fair play award for his actions.[69]

At the end of September 2012, Klose scored a goal using his hand for Lazio 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.[69][70]

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