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Miroslav Klose
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc Born to a footballing father who played for Auxerre in France (the club’s second mention in this illustrious list) and a mother who was an international handball player, it’s not surprising that Miroslav Klose had professional sport in his blood. It’s just surprising it took so long to show. Into his 20s Klose was still struggling to break into the first team of lower-league FC 08 Homburg in Germany, but once he arrived at FC Kaiserslautern in 1999 things began to look up, with a Bundesliga debut there, a move to Werder Bremen in 2004 and then a 2007 move to Bayern Munich, where he finally achieved top honours with the Bundesliga title just shy of his 30th birthday in 2007-8

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich
  Werder Bremen
  FC Kaiserslautern
  FC 08 Homburg

2010 09 06 Retrieve

[Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Aims To Break Gerd Muller’s Goalscoring Record] I will try to have another good game against Azerbaijan. I would love to score a goal in every match I play. We already know that Azerbaijan will be a tough team to face. When we last played them, we were only 1-0 up at half-time, prior to winning 4-0. It is always nice to be in the top two German goalscorers, but my aim is to see my nation do well. As a team, we are missing at least three of four weeks’ worth of preparation before we will be at full capacity again

2010 10 08 Retrieve

[Miroslav Klose praised the home fans following die Mannschaft’s 3-0 victory over Turkey in Berlin] We are all glad that we won the game. We must compliment the fans - we heard them. Why do I score for Germany and not Bayern Munich I ask myself every time. Here I have more luck, which is lacking when I play for Bayern. Although I have now overtaken Franz Beckenbauer in terms of number of international caps, when you look at the names Klose and Beckenbauer, you can tell the difference.

2011 03 24 Retrieve

[Germany’s Miroslav Klose Sets Sights On Gerd Mueller’s Goal Record & 2014 World Cup Appearance] It’s a great joy when I think back on it. It was a fascinating time and a huge experience. First match, first goal - it was like a dream, like a fairy tale. The record is my big goal. Maybe I’ll have it before Euro 2012. It is something special that my anniversary game takes place at the Betzenberg [in Kaiserslautern]. There I made it big. The club is close to my heart. The stadium will be full… I’m sure the atmosphere will be good

I want to play in the national team as long as possible, and if I’m still healthy in 2012 after the European Championship, I would like to continue. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is an attractive target

I feel fit and just have to see from year to year how long my body will last

[With his Bayern contract set to expire at season’s end, Klose has revealed that he will first speak to his current club, but that he could imagine moving elsewhere] I have always said that Bayern is my first contact, because although I am currently only a substitute, I cannot be completely blind. I could imagine anything, [to] renew, move within the Bundesliga or abroad.

2011 03 27 Retrieve

[Klose, who has scored in each of Germany’s last six games, has already had the conversation with the great Gerd Müller, whose record of goals was set between 1966 and 1974] Now that I have reached this stage. I want to break that. I have talked to Gerd, and he said he will not get angry

2014 08 11 Retrieve

[He wasn’t Muller or Ronaldo - but give Klose the respect he deserves] It means an awful lot, [to equal Muller’s tally]. But I do not want you to put me on the same level as Gerd. It’s an absolute joke to compare myself with him

2018 01 13 Retrieve

[All-time top scorer Miroslav Klose talks about what he thinks makes the complete forward in the modern game] Personally, I always think that players like Diego Forlan are fantastic. He was the complete striker, and that’s extremely important these days. [Robert] Lewandowski, for example, has something special, a little bit of everything and a whole host of strengths. You constantly need to keep adapting, as you could be facing three, four or even five at the back. That means you always have to play a little differently, and having many different qualities makes you more unpredictable. Aerial ability and a solid right foot aren’t enough anymore

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Miroslav Klose is a record-breaking goalscorer in his own right, but he considers prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to be 10 times better than He ever was] Robert Lewandowski plays a bit like I did, but he’s 10 times better than I ever was. He’s the complete striker, uses both feet, is strong in the air and has a great shot on him

Thomas Muller is the guy I enjoyed playing with the most. We had a fantastic understanding. We only had to look at other, and we knew what we were going to do. It really was a great partnership!

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Miroslav Klose heaped praise on Lewandowski, admitting he is one of the best ever] Robert Lewandowski plays a bit like I did, but he’s 10 times better than I ever was. He’s the complete striker, uses both feet, is strong in the air and has a great shot on him

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Miroslav Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach] It feels very good, I’m really looking forward to the task. Hansi Flick and I have known each other very well since our years together with the German national team, we trust each other both professionally and personally. For me, this is the next step in my career as a coach. I hope that with my experience I can make an important contribution to Bayern achieving its sporting goals