Summary

  • Klose calls time on distinguished playing career.
  • Won two Bundesliga titles with Bayern.
  • World Cup winner to join Joachim Löw's coaching staff.

Former Bundesliga striker Miroslav Klose, the leading scorer in FIFA World Cup history on 16 goals, has called time on his playing career and will join Germany's coaching staff.

The 38-year-old, who represented 1. FC Kaiserslautern, SV Werder Bremen, FC Bayern München in a distinguished playing career, was out of contract at SS Lazio at the end of last season.

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"I celebrated my greatest successes with the national team and it was a wonderful and unforgettable time," Klose said. "That's 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 pursuing other avenues, namely becoming a coach."

Klose hangs up his boots as Germany's record international scorer with 71 goals from 137 games and as the all-time leading scorer at the World Cup finals with 16 goals.

His Bundesliga career yielded 121 strikes from 307 appearances. He won a Bundesliga and DFB Cup double with Bayern in 2007/08 and 2009/10.

Klose's scoring exploits were invariably followed by his trademark somersault celebration.

Klose started his Bundesliga career at 1. FC Kaiserslautern, scoring 44 goals in 120 appearances between 1999 and 2004, reaching the final of the DFB Cup in 2003. A move to SV Werder Bremen brought him a runners-up medal in the Bundesliga as well as 53 goals in 89 games. In 2007, Klose signed for record champions FC Bayern München and notched 24 goals in his 98 appearances before leaving in 2011.

Speaking after playing in a Champions for Charity match in honour of injured racing legend Michael Schumacher just before the season started, we caught up with Klose alongside his teammates for the day Dirk Nowitzki and Nico Rosberg to ask for their predictions on the forthcoming Bundesliga campaign.