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Miroslav Klose

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 30 September 2007.2 National team caps and goals correctas of 14 September 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

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 Kaiserslautern.

Klose made it professional much later than soccer players in the age bracket, may say it was due to his inferior ability. He has in the past had many comparisons with various world class strikers such as Owen and 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 good as him." This interview was conducted in June 2007 with Der Spiegel prior his move to Bayern Munich.

A year after joining the club he made it into the first team. In his first 67 matches, Klose scored 33 goals. The 2002-2003 season was a comparatively disappointing one as Klose found the back of the net a mere 7 times.

He 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.

On June 7, 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 Bremen at the end of the 2007-08 season.

On July 11, 2007 Klose played his third friendly match against FC Schaffhausen the game ended 4-0 for Bayern and Klose scored one goal.

Miroslav Klose made a dream Bundesliga debut on the game against Hansa Rostock on August 11, 2007 in which he scored two goals. The game ended 3-0 for Bayern Munich with Klose's striking partner Luca Toni scoring the other goal.

He seems to be setting his feet at Bayern Munich superbly with 8 goals in 6 games so far in the Bundesliga season as of September 26, 2007. His superb record this season thus far has been greatly assisted by his hat trick against Energie Cottbus.

His consistency as a goal-scorer in his first season at Kaiserslautern earned him his first international cap and he made his debut against Albania on March 24, 2001. Germany won the match 2-1, with Klose scoring Germany's second goal.

On 6 September 2006 Klose scored 2 away goals against San Marino in a 13-0 win for Germany 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.


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