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  10/11/2011: Klose the "Goal Machine"
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Many of us think Miroslav Klose was born in Germany; he actually was born in Opole, Poland on June 9, 1978. During the Soviet take over of Poland, young Klose and his family escaped from the communist country to France in 1981. Then in 1987 they moved to Kusel, Germany.

Young Klose was apprenticing to become a carpenter. He worked with this craft until he was becoming a professional footballer and officially signed with Kaiserslautern. He is a calm character, loves fishing and playing tennis in his spare time. His natural ability and fierceness for sport grew much due to his athletic family. His father Josef Klose played football professionally in France and Poland, playing also on the Poland National Team. His mother Barbara Jez played handball, and was a part of the Poland National Handball Team.

There was a club called Blaubach Diedelkopf in the German 7th division that Klose trained with. At age 20, no one was giving him a chance to play professionally and after spending one year for FC Homburg, in the 5th division, he joined the amateur team of FC Kaiserslautern, watching the first team each week, cheering for them like any supporter, from the stands. Spending a year at the amateur side, he finally drew the eyes of the first team's staff, which gave him a small professional contract. Offered the chance to become a true footballer, Klose only needed one official match to impress the audience with his performance and most of all, his impressive headings. A year after joining the club, he made it into the first team. In his first 67 matches, Klose scored 33 goals.

He was soon transferred to Werder Bremen for € 5 million in 2004. After a slow start Klose formed a strong partnership with Johan Micoud and Ivan Klasnic as he scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga. He followed this up with a further 25 goals in the 2005-06 season.

On 7 June 2007, Klose announced that he would leave Bremen to join Bayern Munich, whom he signed a four year contract. His career at Bayern started brightly he managed 20 goals in all competitions as Bayern won a league and cup double. His second season at Bayern was the best of his career as he scored 20 goals in all competitions, with seven of those goals coming in the UEFA Champions League. This tally would surely have been higher if his season had not been curtailed by an injury he suffered.

Klose with SS Lazio

Lazio signed Klose on a free transfer with 2 year contract on 9 June 2011. Lazio is the first team he plays for outside Germany. Klose scored his first goal for Lazio in UEFA Europa League 2012 play-offs. He also assisted four other goals. Lazio won that game 6–0 and won the play-offs by 9–1 aggregate against Rabotnicki.

Klose made his Serie A debut in a 2–2 draw against AC Milan on 9 September 2011, and scored a goal in the 12th minute, which was the first Serie A goal of the season. Despite only being at the club for a few months.

On 16 October 2011, Klose scored in the 93rd minute to win the Rome derby 2–1 for Lazio, and he suddenly conquered the hearts of Lazio supporters. In the current season, he has scored six goals in 10 Serie A games.

Klose is also known among other players as being just and fair in his play. Where many others would fake the fall or take the penalty Klose often makes the play fair. Sports journalists awarded him with the FAIR PLAY trophy on March 2006. While playing with Werder he was fouled by Bielefeld goalkeeper and given a penalty kick. Klose knowing he had not been fouled, and let the referee know and the call was revoked. His fellow players admire him for his honesty.

Klose married to Sylvia Klose. They have twin sons, Noah and Luan.

Klose with National Team

If you've never heard of a footballer that jumped straight from an amateur team into one of the World's most powerful national teams, he is Klose. So, the same footballer playing for an amateur team a year ago was now a member of the German national side and a few months after his debut, he was announced as a squad member for the upcoming World Cup.

He made his international debut for Germany against Albania on 24 March 2001, after declining the opportunity to represent the country of his birth, Poland. In the game Klose came on as a substitute and scored a crucial goal in a 2-1 victory. In his international career Klose has played in numerous tournaments, including three World Cups and three European Championships. He won the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup, scoring five goals, and his total of 14 World Cup goals put him joint second with Gerd Muller, just one goal behind Ronaldo on the list of FIFA World Cup goal scorers.

Klose has played 113 times with German National Team and scored 63 goals. He has been chasing a record made by one of the most prolific Germany goalscorers of all time Gerd Müller that has been scored 68 goals on his 62 international appearances. However, on the international stage Klose faced disappointment as Germany finished as runner-up in the 2002 World Cup and in third place in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups

(Ali Alkatiri)
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