Miroslav Josef Klose is a German retired professional footballer who last played as a striker for Italian club Lazio and Germany. He is currently a member of the Germany national team’s coaching staff. Klose is best known for his performances with the Germany national team. He was part of the German squad that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, having previously finished second (2002) and third (2006, 2010) in the competition, and as runner-up in UEFA Euro 2008. He is the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup, having scored five goals in his debut World Cup in 2002 and having won the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup in Germany by again scoring five times. He also scored four times in the 2010 World Cup and twice at the 2014 World Cup, which put him ahead of Ronaldo in the all-time list with 16 goals. Klose is also the top scorer of all time for Germany, which never lost a game in which Klose scored. He retired from Germany’s national team on 11 August 2014 shortly after Germany’s victory at the 2014 World Cup. At club level, Klose has been a less prolific but usually reliable goalscorer. Starting his career at FC 08 Homburg, he played in the Bundesliga for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, and in Serie A for Lazio. He won two league titles with Bayern, along with cup competitions at Bayern, Werder Bremen and Lazio.
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A prolific goalscorer, Klose was a large and powerful striker who was known in particular for his ability in the air as a centre-forward, due to his strength, timing, elevation and heading accuracy, as well as his finishing ability. In his prime, he was also a quick player who was known for his turn of pace and positional sense in the penalty area. In addition to his physical attributes, he possessed good technique, and was capable of setting-up goals for teammates in addition to scoring them himself, due to his tactical intelligence and ability to interpret the game. He was also known for his dedication and correct behaviour on the pitch. Earlier in his career, Klose was known for his acrobatic goalscoring celebrations, which included mid-air somersaults.
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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 8 matches. At the end of the qualifying campaign, Klose 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).
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In the 2017 Miroslav Klose is still holding the following records:
- FIFA World Cup all-time record goalscorer.
- Germany national team all-time record goalscorer.
- Only player to have had four or more (consecutive) World Cup medals.
- Only player to have appeared in four or more (consecutive) semi-finals in World Cups.
- Scored at least five goals in two World Cups, record shared only with Teófilo Cubillas and Thomas Müller.
- Record for scoring most goals from headers in a single edition of the World Cup.
- One of eight players in Serie A history to score five goals in one match.
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Throughout his career, Klose often stood out for his fair play and honesty in addition to his skill and goalscoring as a footballer. On 30 April 2005, while playing for Werder Bremen, Klose refused to accept a penalty given against Arminia Bielefeld as he felt the decision was incorrect. He was later given a fair play award for his actions, although he had mixed feelings about the award, stating, “It’s a big honour for me to receive this award, but I am also a bit irritated. For me, it was something you should always do. I would do it again – always.” At the end of September 2012, Klose scored a goal using his hand for Lazio against Napoli. He admitted this to the referee, who took back his decision to award the goal, spared Klose from a yellow card and shook his hand. Later that year, he was once again given a fair play award for his actions by the German Football Association, later commenting, “The referee asked me if I had touched the ball with my hand and it was not a problem for me to answer ‘yes’. There are many youngsters who watch football on tv and we are role models for them.” In 2016, he was given the Sport Ethics Award for his honesty at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.