Miroslav Josef Klose (German pronunciation: [ˈmiːʁoslaf ˈkloːzə]; born 9 June 1978) is a German retired professional footballer who last played as a striker for Italian club Lazio and the German national team. He is currently a member of the German national side's coaching staff.
Klose is best known for his performances with the German national team. He was part of the German squad that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, having previously finished second (2002) and third (2006, 2010) in the competition and as runner-up in Euro 2008. He is the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup, having scored five goals in his debut World Cup in 2002 and having won the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup in Germany by again scoring five times. He also scored four times in the 2010 World Cup and twice at the 2014 World Cup, which put him ahead of Ronaldo in the all-time list with 16 goals. Klose is also the top scorer of all time for Germany, who never lost a game in which Klose scored. He retired from Germany's national team on 11 August 2014 shortly after Germany's victory at the 2014 World Cup.
At club level, Klose has been a less prolific but usually reliable goalscorer. Starting his career at FC 08 Homburg, he played in the Bundesliga for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, and in Serie A for Lazio. He won two league titles with Bayern, along with cup competitions at Bayern, Werder Bremen and Lazio.