Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose ( 2012)

Miroslav Josef Klose ( born June 9, 1978 in Opole, Poland ) is a German football player. He is since 2001 active in the German national team and played for the 2011/12 season for Lazio. With 14 goals Klose is - together with Gerd Müller - second place in the ranking of the most successful World Cup scorers. Together with Gerd Müller, he is also scorer of the German national team.


Klose was born as the son of football player Josef Klose and the former Polish handball national team Barbara Jeż in the Upper Silesian Opole. His childhood was spent Klose first in Poland. Since his father had a contract as a professional footballer at AJ Auxerre, the family lived for five years in France. At the age of eight, he came with his parents and older sister as emigrants to Kusel in the North Palatine Uplands. There he went to school and then began an apprenticeship as a carpenter. Since the age of 19 he devoted himself mainly to the football, first as an amateur and later as a professional athlete.

Klose has been married since December 31, 2004 and the father of twin sons (* 2005). At home, the family claims to speak Polish.

Career as a football player

In the club


Klose played in his first youth football at SG Blue Bach Diedelkopf. There he played after leaving the A- youth team in the district league Westpfalz (seventh league). 1998 - the age of 20 - he moved to the then third division FC 08 Homburg, where he played in both the second team in the league association ( Fifth Division) as well as in the regional team ( third division ).

1 FC Kaiserslautern ( 1999-2004)

In 1999 he went to the first FC Kaiserslautern, where he played first in the amateur team. In his first season he came in April 2000 to two substitutions in the 1st Bundesliga. His breakthrough Klose in the 2000/01 season, in which he counted out the Matchday to the starting eleven and together with Vratislav Lokvenc formed a successful strike partnership. In the match against Energie Cottbus, he received the first red card of his professional career. He was also in the following years one of the top performers in the team of Kaiserslautern and scored in the season 2001 / 02 with 16 goals, only two less than the scorers Márcio Amoroso and Martin Max After two weaker years where the FCK despite nine or ten goals from Klose came in danger of relegation and the financial problems of the club were getting bigger, he moved at the end of the 2003/04 season for a transfer fee of five million euros to Werder Bremen.

SV Werder Bremen (2004-2007)

In Bremen, Klose signed a running until June 30, 2008 contract. After a weak start, which put him on the bench and sparked criticism, him his breakthrough came on Matchday 6 when he came off the bench in the game against VfL Bochum at halftime and scored the first hat trick of his Bundesliga career. Then he brought consistent and good and replaced the Bremer scorer Aílton, who had moved to FC Schalke 04.

Klose, who had previously been regarded as a specialist for headed goals, was more effective on the ground and became a team relevant players, as evidenced by his nine assists (at 15 's hits ) at the end of his first season in Bremen. In the season 2005/ 06 he was charged with 25 goals in 26 games top scorer in the Bundesliga. He was also in the same season by his 14 assists best player in the scorer standings. After a strong season so far in the season 2006 /07, followed in the second half, a series of eleven consecutive games without scoring, which made him come to a total of only 13 goals this season. Nevertheless, he achieved by his 16 assists in this season most points scorer.

After the international match of the German national team against Slovakia on 6 June 2007 Klose announced not later than the summer of 2008 to play at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich (2007-2011)

In the 2007 summer break Klose moved to FC Bayern Munich. On 29 June 2007 Klose joined to kick off training of FC Bayern Munich in the 2007/08 season. About the transfer fee was not disclosed. It was a sum of twelve million euros in the room that should increase over the next three years by one million euros, if Munich is qualified for the Champions League. The one with probably five million euros per year doped contract with FC Bayern Munich was for four years until 30 June 2011. Klose got the jersey with the number 18 His decision to move to Bayern and in particular pushed the circumstances of the transfers at the fans of Werder Bremen to criticism. That's why he was booed at its official adoption in Bremen on August 18, 2007, for example.

With Bayern he won in 2008 and 2010, the double of German championship and DFB Cup. In 2010, he also reached with his team the final of the Champions League, which they lost 0-2 against Inter Milan. End of the season 2010/11 club and players could not agree on an extension of the expiring contract beyond 30 June 2011 would be. With 121 goals Klose was at this time by Claudio Pizarro (156 goals) the most successful yet active Bundesliga scorer, although his strike rate at Bayern was significantly worse than in the previous associations with less than 0.25 per game.

Lazio Rome (since July 2011)

For the 2011/12 season Miroslav Klose moved free transfer to Lazio. There he signed a three-year contract that binds him to June 2014 Lazio. His first competitive game in which he also scored his first competitive goal, he completed 18 August 2011 in the Europa League qualifier against Rabotnički Skopje. His first league goal Klose 9 September 2011 in the first season game against AC Milan. It was also the first goal of the season 2011/12 Serie A. Because of its services Klose was the best German footballers chosen by Kicker sports magazine in the rankings for the first round abroad. In his second season for Lazio he scored on the 35th match day match against Bologna five goals, which 27 years ago Roberto Pruzzo was last succeeded.

With Lazio he won on 26 May 2013, a 1-0 win over city rivals AS Roma Italian Cup.

German national

His debut for the German national Klose was on March 24, 2001 in Leverkusen win against Albania. He scored just before the end the decisive goal to make it 2-1. With the Football World Cup 2002, he became Vice World Champion with the German national team and was awarded with five goals that he scored all of his head, the Silver shoe for the second top scorer of the tournament. Five headed goals reach yet no other player at the World Cup. He scored all goals in the preliminary round and only three of them, he headed the 8-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the first group match.

Klose took with the national team also participated in the 2004 European Championships in Portugal, came because of a previous injury but hardly to the course. The year 2005 was for Klose in the national team rather unfortunate: Due to injury, he sat out in the Confederations Cup, played only five matches and was able to achieve a goal. However, due to his outstanding performances in the Bundesliga season 2005/ 06 and his team relevant match, he was long before the 2006 World Cup as a set for the root formation.

In the opening game of the 2006 World Cup against Costa Rica Klose scored two goals, as well as against Ecuador in the game. In the second-round match of the German team, he could shine with two assists for his strike partner Lukas Podolski and was instrumental in the 2-0 win over Sweden. In the quarter- final against Argentina, a 5-3 win on penalties, he scored the equalizer to make it 1-1 his first headed goal for the national team after nearly three years. Klose was top scorer in the 2006 World Cup (winner of the Golden Boot ) These five hits and is adjacent to Teófilo Cubillas currently the only football player to get at least five goals in two World Championships.

For the European Football Championship 2008, he was appointed to the levy of the German team coach Joachim Loew. After he could not achieve a goal of the tournament in the group stage, he succeeded in a 3-2 victory in the quarter-final against Portugal, a headed goal for intermediate 2-0. He also scored in the semi-final against Turkey to a 2-1 (final score 3-2 ).

On 6 May 2010 he was appointed by national coach Joachim Loew in the extended squad for the 2010 World Cup. In the German press and the public, there were discussions about whether which supposedly contained in a form of crisis Klose should ever be nominated for the starting lineup of the first game after a less strong season at Bayern Munich. Coach Loew holding on to his most successful striker due to the already often legitimate expectations firmly. In the first game against Australia, he scored the second goal of the match, which Germany won 4-0. In the second game against Serbia Klose was sent off referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco after a second yellow card for persistently tackle from the square. In the second round he scored the 1-0 against England in the quarterfinals 2-0 and 4-0 against Argentina.

At the World Championships in 2012 he was again in the squad and has shared the place as striker in the German team with Mario Gomez: In the three group matches and the semi-finals he came in to replace Gómez, in the quarterfinals against Greece in which Klose 3-1 scored for Germany, Gómez came in to replace him. On September 6, 2013 Klose scored in the World Cup qualifier against Austria 1-0 and had thus achieved his 68th international goal. He therefore drew equal with Gerd Müller.

Records in the National

Klose has 68 goals currently the most successful active goalscorer of all teams and holds together with Gerd Müller 's record for international goals (68) in Germany. Only eight players, including Ali Daei (109 ), Ferenc Puskás (84 ), Pele (77) and Sándor Kocsis (75 ) scored more international goals than Klose (as of September 6, 2013 ). In the ranking of the most successful World Cup goal scorers Klose is with 14 goals along with Gerd Müller a goal behind Ronaldo at No. 2 Klose is one of four German beside Edmund Conen, Gerd Muller and Karl -Heinz Rummenigge, who scored three goals in a World Cup game, with him as opposed to cones and Müller succeeded not a classic hat-trick. Klose scored 29 goals so far after his 30th birthday. No German player scored more goals at this age.

Klose is the one active National player with the most appearances for the national team ( 130 games, as of September 10, 2013 ) and is second in Germany only to Lothar Matthäus (150 games). With his 19th WRC assignment, he moved with equal Wolfgang Overath, Berti Vogts, Karl -Heinz Rummenigge and Ronaldo.


  • As a national player Vice World Champion: 2002
  • Third place in the World Cup: 2006 and 2010
  • European runners-up: 2008
  • With Werder Bremen DFL - League Cup winners: 2006
  • With Bayern Munich German champion: 2008, 2010
  • DFB Cup winners: 2008, 2010
  • DFL - League Cup winners: 2007
  • DFL - Supercup winner: 2010
  • Champions League finalists: 2010


As of February 23, 2014


In the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea Klose was awarded the Silver Shoe as the second best scorer (5 hits). In the 2006 World Cup in Germany Klose was the second German at all (after Gerd Müller 1970) won the Golden Boot for the top scorer. During the 2006 World Cup, he was appointed by the FIFA Technical Study Group ( TSG ) twice voted " Man of the Match" ( games against Costa Rica and Sweden). After the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup, he was named by FIFA for the all-star team. On August 14, 2006 and on October 5, 2010, he was - like all players of the German national team - the Silver Laurel Leaf.

In August 2006, Miroslav Klose was chosen by the German sports journalists overwhelmingly Footballer of the Year. In the season 2005/ 06 Klose was not only 25 hits in 26 games Bundesliga top scorer, but surpassed even ( by 14 additional templates) with a total of 39 points to Aílton set out in the pre-season record in the run since the 1995/96 season Scorer list of sports magazine kicker.

In the same season he was also voted twice Player of the Month in October 2005 and May 2006. Already in the election for Player of the Month in September 2005, Miroslav Klose had stood for election. Of the members of the Association of contract footballers ( VdV ), he was also appointed VdV player of the season 2005/ 06 selected. In the election, he received 64 % of votes. In a survey conducted by the magazine kicker Klose was selected from 249 Bundesliga professionals with 38.3% at the best fielder of the preliminary round 05/ 06 and of 46.8 % ( 233 participants) at the best fielder of the season. From premiere, he was honored at the end of the season as the best player of the season 2005/ 06.

On 28 September 2005, elected Miroslav Klose from Werder visitors to the museum " WUSEUM " to the " player of the season 2004/ 05". A total of 5000 visitors had chosen and Klose won the election with 25 % of votes.

In the election to the European Footballer of the year 2006 he finished 7th in the best German. When choosing Sportsman of the Year 2006, he won the 3rd place.

Fair Play

For his fair behavior during the Bundesliga match of the 31 day game of the season 2004/ 05 between Werder Bremen and Arminia Bielefeld on 30 April 2005 ( Full 3-0) Klose received by the German Olympic Society, the Fair Play badge of German sport, by the Association of German sports journalists (VDS ), the fair Play trophy and the DFB DFB medal fair is more. With the score at 0-0, the referee gave a penalty kick for Werder Bremen. Klose then gave in to the referee that the opposing keeper did meet regularly separated him from the ball in the penalty area and not fouled. The referee Herbert Fandel then took back the penalty decision and a yellow card against goalkeeper Mathias Hain.

Matchday On the 2012/13 season in the Italian Serie A Klose scored using his hand in the top match against Napoli in the fourth game minute foul a goal for Lazio. Klose said after protests by the opponent the referee that he was with his goal with his hand on the ball. The gate was then not given; Lazio lost the game 0-3. For this he was awarded by the DFB for the second time the DFB medal Fair is more and Fiorentina the ' Violette map ', an award for honesty and fairness in sport.


Miroslav Klose frequently celebrated its doors with a somersault, this earned him the nickname " Salto - Klose ". Later he resigned due to the risk of injury to it.

Klose is considered to be very attached to their home. Although he has lived since childhood in Germany, he speaks with the family or colleagues, such as the originating also from Poland team-mate Lukas Podolski, often Polish. In February 2001, the Polish coach Jerzy Engel traveled to Kaiserslautern to personally persuade the striker to play in the Polish national team. Klose had never renounced his Polish citizenship, but refused because he already saw a chance at a convocation for Germany.

In the music video for the song Hope the rock band Room77 he interacts with together with Philipp Lahm and Mario Gomez.

Miroslav Klose, volunteered his services for the German Bone Marrow Donor and enlisted in 2008 and 2010 nationwide on posters for stem cell donation.