Miroslav Klose Football career

Miroslav Josef Klose (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪʁoslaf ˈkloːzə] ( listen); born Mirosław Marian Kloze IPA: [miˈrɔswaf ˈklɔzɛ] on 9 June 1978 in Opole, Poland[3]) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Since bursting onto the international stage at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he has become well-known for his knack of scoring headers and his front-flip goal celebration routine.

Klose plays internationally for the German national team. Klose holds German nationality. He 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, all of which were headers. He scored in his first game of the 2010 World Cup, opened the scoring against England in the first round of the knock out stages, and scored twice on his 100th cap against Argentina in the quarter-finals, giving him a total of 14 goals in World Cup finals. This puts him joint second along with Gerd Müller on the list of FIFA World Cup goalscorers, but one behind Brazil's Ronaldo, who has 15. He is a member of the group of professional football players, who scored more than 50 international goals.

Klose is the first German player since reunification to finish as the World Cup's top scorer. He is also the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups, as well as the only player to have scored at least four in three different tournaments; he scored five at the 2002 and 2006 tournaments and four at the 2010 finals. A natural with his head, he was a mainstay in Bayern's starting XI before injuries took him out of the team for a while; during his convalescence, Croatian forward Ivica Olić filled in and replaced Klose as Louis van Gaal's first-choice striker.

* 1 Biography
o 1.1 Background
o 1.2 Football career
* 2 Club career
o 2.1 Kaiserslautern
o 2.2 Werder Bremen
o 2.3 Bayern Munich
* 3 International career
o 3.1 2002 World Cup
o 3.2 2006 World Cup
o 3.3 Euro 2008
o 3.4 2010 World Cup
o 3.5 Euro 2012
o 3.6 International goals
* 4 Awards and honours
o 4.1 Club
o 4.2 National team
o 4.3 Individual
o 4.4 Personal Records
* 5 Career stats
* 6 References
* 7 External links


Klose was born in the Silesian city of Opole, 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 then-communist Poland in 1978 and moving to France to play for AJ Auxerre. In 1985, Klose and his mother joined his father in Kusel, a small town in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Klose's father is an ethnic German and holds German nationality.

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.[6] As he stated in an interview to Der Spiegel in 2007, his family at home speaks Polish to each other, with his twin sons Luan and Noah[7] learning German in Kindergarten.[8] He has a Polish-born wife, Sylwia Klose,[9]
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Klose learned his football at a village club, SG 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 FC Kaiserslautern
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