Germany’s Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, Germany’s leading scorer with 71 goals in 137 announced his retirement today at the age of 38.He will now join the national side’s coaching team.
Klose hit a record 16th goal in World Cup finals during the 7-1 semi-final thrashing of hosts Brazil two years ago, which saw him overtake former Brazil star Ronaldo. Germany went on to win the title.
Klose now plans to join Germany’s coaching staff after an invitation from head coach Joachim Loew. Klose will complete an individual training programme with the goal of embarking on a coaching career.
“I celebrated my biggest successes in the national team, the time was wonderful and remains unforgettable so I am happy to be able to return to the DFB,” said Klose.
“The idea has been growing in the last few months to stay on the pitch, but with a new perspective, mainly as a coach.
“To be able to read a game, to prepare myself meticulously, to develop strategies and tactics — that had already really interested me as a player.