It is time to remember the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup – Miroslav Klose.
Miroslav Klose was born on the 9 June 1978, in the medieval city of Opole, Poland. Little did young Klose know about how his life would change when his parents decided to move to Germany a few years later.
He began playing football for his local team, SG Blaubach-Diedelkopf. The striker was 20 years old and still playing in the seventh division when he signed his first professional contract for the reserve team of former Bundesliga side FC Homburg.
However, one year later Klose signed for FC Kaiserslautern, making his Bundesliga debut in April 2000.
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His breakthrough season was 2001/02 when he netted 16 Bundesliga goals and his excellent performances earned him a place on the German 23-man squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Klose headed five goals for Germany on their way to the final, becoming the first player ever to score five headers in a World Cup. It was an impressive start to an even more impressive international career for the German striker.
He moved to Werder Bremen in 2004 and scored 53 Bundesliga goals in his three-year spell at the Weserstadion.
In the 2006 FIFA World Cup on home soil, Klose managed to net five times for his country and finished the tournament winning the Golden Shoe award.
The striker finally earned his big move to Bayern in 2007. His form dropped during his time in Munich, but he won two Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal doubles in 2008 and 2010.
In the summer of 2011, 33-year Miroslav Klose at the time moved to Lazio and left the Bundesliga for the first time in his career. He spent five amazing seasons in Italy, netting 54 Serie A goals in his mid and late 30s.
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Klose’s biggest success with the German national team came in 2014. The striker finally got his hands on the World Cup trophy and netted twice for his country, becoming the top goalscorer in the history of the competition with 16 goals spread over four tournaments.
He retired from international football just one month after the World Cup final, as the leading scorer of the German national football team with 71 goals by his name.
Miroslav Klose finished his career in 2016, at the age of 38. He will always be remembered as a prolific goalscorer, who was excellent in the air.
In his prime, he was also a quick player who was known for his turn of pace, movement, and positional sense in the penalty area.
Throwback when Miroslav Klose told the referee to cancel the goal as he scored with his hand. CLASS!!!pic.twitter.com/5DBdvcBowX
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The striker was also known for his wonderful sportsmanship. Back in 2005, while playing for Bremen against Arminia Bielefeld, Klose was awarded a penalty after the goalkeeper made a tackle inside the box.
He famously went to the referee and told him that the keeper had touched the ball first and the penalty was reversed.
In a Serie A game against Napoli seven years later, the German veteran forward told the referee to disallow the goal he had just scored because he used his hand. We don’t see this too often in football today.
Miroslav Klose is still in football and is working as a coach of the U-17 Bayern Munich team.