born as Mirosław Marian Kloze
on 9 June 1978 in Opole) is a German footballer who plays as
a striker. He plays for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga in
Germany, and for the German national team. He is known for
his goalscoring instincts, aerial ability, and unselfish
Klose was the top scorer and thus the Golden Boot
winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with five goals.
Klose also scored five goals in his debut World Cup, the
2002 World Cup hosted jointly by the Korea Republic and
Japan, giving him a total of ten goals in World Cup finals.
He is the first player representing unified Germany to
finish as the World Cup's top scorer, and the only player to
have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups.
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Klose was born in Opole, Silesia, Poland. Both of his
parents were active in sports; his mother, Barbara Jeż, was
a member of the Poland women's national handball team. His
father Josef Klose played professional football in Poland
for Odra Opole, before leaving communist Poland in 1978 and
moving to France to play for clubs like AJ Auxerre. In 1985,
Miroslav and his mother joined him in Kusel, Germany.
Klose's father is from an ethnic German family and thus they
were permitted to settle as Aussiedler in West
In 2006 interviews for German Süddeutsche Zeitung
and Polish tabloid Fakt, Josef Klose stated that he
absolutely does not want to be regarded as Polish, declaring
himself rather as an Silesian and a European, and stating
that the success of his son is due to himself and German
clubs. Miro Klose himself said in a recent interview to
Przegląd Sportowy that it would be best for him not to be
called German or Polish, but European.
As he stated in an interview to Der Spiegel in 2007, his
family at home speaks Polish to each other, with his twin
sons learning German in Kindergarten.
He has a Polish-born wife Sylwia Klose
and is the father of twins Luan and Noah.
Klose learned his football at a village club,
Blaubach-Diedelkopf, in the German seventh division. Klose
had also successfully completed an apprenticeship to become
a carpenter and had worked in this profession until joining
the professional team of 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
Klose made it professional much later than football
players in the age bracket. He has in the past had many
comparisons with various world class strikers such as
Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy. When asked about the
comparisons Klose expressed his flattery to be compared to
the likes of van Nistelrooy, “It's an honour to be compared
to Ruud. He's played in Europe for so long and has a great
goal scoring record. I hope one day I can be as good as
him.” This interview was conducted in June 2007 with Der
Spiegel prior his move to Bayern Munich.
After a season at FC Homburg, he eventually joined the
reserve team of 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
A year after joining the club he made it into the first
team. In his first 67 matches, Klose scored 33 goals. The
2002–03 season was a comparatively disappointing one as
Klose found the back of the net a mere seven times.
Klose transferred to Werder Bremen in 2004 for a sum of
€5 million. After a lackluster start, Klose formed an
impressive attacking triangle with French midfielder Johan
Micoud and Croatian forward Ivan Klasnić as well as, though
less frequently, Paraguayan forward Nelson Valdez, scoring
15 goals in the Bundesliga.
Despite his relatively slender frame, Klose is one of the
best headers of the ball in the Bundesliga. Moreover, he
combines a natural killer instinct inside the box with
excellent technical ability, and is equally lethal with the
ball at his feet. By 2005, the introverted Klose had
established himself as one of Germany's top forwards, if not
the best. In the 2005–06 season, he scored 25 goals, the
highest that season, and registered 16 assists in just 26
games in the Bundesliga.
After his strong performance at the 2006 World Cup, Klose
was linked by newspapers with a move away from the
Weserstadion. European giants Barcelona and Juventus were
listed among his potential suitors. Klose was also heavily
linked with a move to Bayern Munich, with Bayern president
Franz Beckenbauer an admirer of Klose.
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.
On 26 June 2007, club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
confirmed that Bayern Munich had reached an agreement with
Werder Bremen regarding the transfer of Klose for an
estimated fee of €15 million. Klose completed his medical
with Bayern on 28 June 2007 before signing a four-year
After these successful friendly matches, Klose made his
first competitive appearance for Bayern in a 4–1 victory
against old team Werder Bremen in the first round of the
DFB-Ligapokal. After missing the semi-final victory over VfB
Stuttgart due to injury, Klose returned in the final against
Schalke, scoring his first competitive goal for Bayern to
win the title.
Klose made his Bundesliga debut in the game against Hansa
Rostock on 11 August 2007 in which he scored two goals. The
game ended 3–0 for Bayern Munich with Klose's striking
partner Luca Toni scoring the third goal. In late September,
he claimed his first hat-trick for the club in a 5-0 League
success over Energie Cottbus.
After that bright start to his Bayern career, Klose
struggled during the latter half of the Bundesliga season.
His total of 20 goals in all competitions - with an
impressive DFB Cup record - did however play a significant
role in helping the club to a league and cup double.
His consistency as a goal-scorer in his first Bundesliga
season at Kaiserslautern earned him attention. In January
2001, the then national coach Jerzy Engel of the Polish
national team travelled to Germany to persuade Klose to
choose playing 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”. In fact, he soon was capped and made
his debut for Germany against Albania on 24 March 2001.
Klose came on as a substitute and headed in from close range
the winning 2-1 goal two minutes from time.
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
The German national team has never lost a game in which
Klose has scored.
2002 World Cup
In the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan, he scored five
headed goals for the German national team, finishing joint
second highest goal scorer along with Rivaldo. This tally
included a hat trick in Germany's 8–0 hammering of Saudi
Arabia. Klose's trademark goal celebration is a front-flip
which he did five times during the 2002 World Cup and which
has earned him the fans' nickname “Salto-Klose”.
2006 World Cup
Klose was named to his second successive World Cup team
for the 2006 World Cup. In the opening match against Costa
Rica, coinciding with his 28th birthday, Klose scored two
goals, in the 17th and 61st minutes. This led to Germany's
4–2 win over Costa Rica.
Klose played against the country of his birth, Poland, in
Germany's second match. During the tournament, he formed a
formidable strike partnership with Poland-born Lukas
Podolski scoring 8 goals between them.
He scored another two goals against Ecuador on 20 June,
putting him on top of the tournament top scorer list with
four goals. Klose also played a major part in Germany's 2–0
win over Sweden in the first knockout round, demonstrating
his ability to provide assists as he set up strike partner
Lukas Podolski for both goals.
Klose scored the equaliser against Argentina in the
quarterfinal game played on June 30, 2006, with Germany
going on to win 4–2 on penalties. Klose is the first German
since Gerd Müller in the 1970s to become the top scorer at a
World Cup, and the first World Cup finals top scorer from
unified Germany (Müller represented the former West
Germany). Klose has scored ten goals in World Cup finals,
and is six goals away from overtaking Brazilian forward
Ronaldo as the all-time highest scorer in the World Cup.
Klose's five 2002 World Cup goals were all headers; only
the fifth of his five goals in the 2006 matches was a header
(his first in two years). Three of the first four were
scored with his favoured right foot. Klose and team-mate
Michael Ballack became the only two All-Star Team Players of
the 2006 World Cup to be in the previous All-Star Team of
2002. Klose also holds the record for being the only player
to score 5 goals in consecutive World Cups.
On 6 September 2006, Klose scored two away goals against
San Marino in a 13–0 Euro 2008 Qualifying win which took his
international goal tally to 33, the same amount as his idol
Fritz Walter and to joint 7th in the list of all-time
goalscorers for Germany.
He had a goal drought for a long time with the national
team, causing speculation that he may be dropped from the
starting line-up. But German coach Joachim Löw has denied
Another highlight in Klose's career came on 8 September
2007, as he captained Germany for the first time and
celebrated this honour by scoring both of his country's
goals in a 2–0 victory over Wales. The next day, one of the
headlines in the UEFA official website was “Captain Klose
Takes Germany Closer (to qualifying).”
In the main tournament, Klose started the opening group
game against Poland and was the provider of both of German
goals which were scored by Lukas Podolski in a 2-0 victory.
He played the remaining two group games against Croatia and
Austria with no goals. He finally broke his duck during the
knockout stages, scoring the second goal for Germany during
both quarter final and semi-final against Portugal and
Turkey. However he was unable to score during the final
Awards and Honours
- Bayern Munich
- Bundesliga: 2007-08
- DFB-Pokal: 2008
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2007
- FIFA World Cup Runner-up: 2002
- FIFA World Cup 3rd Place: 2006
- UEFA European Football Championship Runner-up: 2008
- Bundesliga Top Goalscorer (25 goals): 2006
- German Footballer of the Year: 2006
- World Cup Silver Shoe: 2002
- World Cup Golden Shoe: 2006
finish any ball with great accuracy. Amazing player. Keep it up ,
Klose! - -Chris S.
best player for me is Miroslav Klose only one in
the world (from Cambodia)
he is the most handsome guy in the world!!!!;)))))
a growing talent, cant wait to see him in 2010.
quiet salto-miro has shown a great effort in football and has
succeeded with practice. he is my fav. and i hope to learn more
about him and his polish family. i wish him all the best in the
future with love.
Clutch performer...Great finisher...Deadly w/ his
head or feet... Not just a striker, adept at setting up team-mates
especially Podolski...Underrated dribbler.