German legend Miroslav Klose retires from football

The 38 year old will go down as one of Germany’s greatest ever strikers.

Following the announcement of Klose’s retirement, the German football association confirmed he will be joining the national team coaching staff.

“I celebrated my greatest successes in the national team and this was a wonderful time which remains unforgettable,” Klose told the DFB official website.

“That is why I’m delighted to return to the DFB. In the past few months, I have thought a lot about continuing my playing career, but also about looking at new avenues, namely becoming a coach.

Klose currently holds the all time record for most goals scored at World Cup Finals (16). He has also netted 71 goals in 137 appearances for the German national team. Klose was a part of Germany’s World Cup winning team in 2014, after becoming runners up in 2002, and third place in 2006 and 2010.

The prolific striker was awarded the Golden shoe in the 2006 along with the German player of the year award.

‘Miros’ decorated career began took off at FC Kaiserslautern, where he scored 44 goals before moving to Werder Bremen. A successful three year period saw the striker move to German giants Bayern Munich, where he won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Supercup and two DFB-Pokals.

He then moved to Bayern Munich in 2007 and won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Supercup and two DFB-Pokals (German Cups) as well as a runners-up medal in the Champions League.

Klose is excited to be teaming up with German coach Joachim Löw once more.

“Reading a game, preparing painstakingly, developing strategies and tactics have always intrigued me and interested me a lot as a player.”

“I am very grateful to Jogi Löw and Hansi Flick for this opportunity to sharpen my ideas now in practice.”

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