Stefan Klos

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Stefan Klos
Klos in 2005
Personal information
Full name Stefan Klos[1]
Date of birth (1971-08-16) 16 August 1971 (age 52)[1]
Place of birth Dortmund, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
TuS Eving-Lindenhorst
Eintracht Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Borussia Dortmund 254 (0)
1998–2007 Rangers 208 (0)
Total 462 (0)
International career
1991–1993 Germany U21 17 (0)
1992 Germany U23 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Stefan Klos (born 16 August 1971) is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

His seventeen-year career was spent with Borussia Dortmund and Rangers. He won 16 major trophies in total, including four Scottish Premier League titles and the 1997 Champions League.

Club career[edit]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Born in Dortmund, Klos arrived at Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 1990, from neighbouring TSC Eintracht Dortmund. He made his Bundesliga debut on 4 May 1991 at only 19, in a 2–2 home draw against SG Wattenscheid 09.[2]

Klos became first choice in 1991–92, relegating Wolfgang de Beer to the bench.[3] He appeared in 31 games that season as his team finished runners-up, going on to win back-to-back national championships during his spell.[4][5]

As well as playing every match in 1996–97 for the third-placed side, Klos added 11 in that season's UEFA Champions League as they won the tournament for the first time.[6] He left the club with 339 competitive appearances, and 114 clean sheets.[7]


On 24 December 1998, Klos signed with Scottish club Rangers on a contract that made him one of the highest-earning players in Europe.[8] He replaced Lionel Charbonnier as starter and was nicknamed 'Der Goalie', a play on Andy Goram's nickname 'The Goalie'.[9][10] He won his first Scottish Premier League title that season.

Rangers won the treble in 2002–03, with Klos again the starter. He was appointed team captain in July 2004.[11] Six months later he picked up a knee ligament injury in training,[12] missing the remainder of the campaign and being replaced by Ronald Waterreus;[13] the Dutchman retained his place after he regained full fitness.[14]

Klos looked set to challenge new signing Lionel Letizi after Paul Le Guen's arrival at the start of 2006–07, but he suffered a biking injury which gave long-term third choice Allan McGregor the chance to play.[15] On 22 February 2007, he made his first appearance of the season for the first team against Hapoel Tel Aviv FC in the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup, after McGregor was sent off in a 4–0 home win.[16][17]

Klos left Ibrox Stadium at the end of the campaign after eight and a half years, having played in 298 games in all competitions.[18][19] He retired at the age of 36,[18] and subsequently settled in Switzerland.[20]

In 2009, Klos was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.[19]


Borussia Dortmund



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  2. ^ Jürgens, Tim; Hitzlsperger, Thomas (30 April 2020). "„Genießen konnte ich Spiele nie"" ["I never enjoyed playing"] (in German). 11 Freunde. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  3. ^ Nühlen, Fabrice (14 May 2020). "BVB-Legende "Teddy" de Beer über Höhen, Tiefen und Jürgen Klopp" [BVB legend "Teddy" de Beer about ups, downs and Jürgen Klopp] (in German). Revier Sport. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Saison 1994/95 – Teil 1: Nach 32 Jahren endlich wieder Deutscher Meister" [1994/95 season – Part 1: Finally German champions again after 32 years] (in German). Schwatzgelb. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Saison 1995/96 – Teil 2: Und schon wieder Deutscher Meister, BVB" [1995/96 season – Part 2: Again German champions, BVB] (in German). Schwatzgelb. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Dortmunder Helden – Was machen die Champions-League-Sieger von 1997 heute?" [Dortmund heroes – What are the Champions League winners of 1997 up to today?]. Hamburger Morgenpost (in German). 28 May 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "Marco Reus's all-time Borussia Dortmund XI". Bundesliga. 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  8. ^ Duncan, Colin (26 May 2012). "Rangers in crisis: Contract shows Stefan Klos paid same as David Beckham". Daily Record. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  9. ^ Ruthven, Graham (17 June 2020). "Eight Rangers goalkeepers who each earned their own place in the club's history". Glasgow Live. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  10. ^ Broadfoot, Darryl (26 December 2002). "Der Goalie has opposing strikers in a flap Goram gone but new No.1 has won place in the hearts of the Ibrox faithful, says Darryl Broadfoot". The Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Klos new captain for Gers". BBC Sport. 17 July 2004. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Klos out for rest of the season". BBC Sport. 29 January 2005. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  13. ^ "'Keeper Waterreus joins Rangers". BBC Sport. 31 January 2005. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  14. ^ Gray, Lisa (6 June 2006). "Waterreus ready to compromise to extend stay at Rangers". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  15. ^ Broadfoot, Darryl (19 December 2006). "Curious affair of Klos and Rangers: Why goalkeeper is back in fold but not in plans – Darryl Broadfoot reports". The Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Rangers keep final dream alive". UEFA. 22 February 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  17. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (22 February 2007). "Rangers 4–0 Hapoel (agg 5–2)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Concern over Klos, Prso swansong". BBC Sport. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  19. ^ a b c d e "Stefan Klos". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  20. ^ "Der „Held von Auxerre" prüft die Kasse" [The "Hero of Auxerre" checks the cash register] (in German). Borussia Dortmund. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Deutscher Supercup, 1995, Finale" [German Supercup, 1995, Final] (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Deutscher Supercup, 1996, Finale" [German Supercup, 1996, Final] (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  23. ^ Ross, James M. "European Competitions 1992–93". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 January 2021.

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