Klose ends play­ing ca­reer, will train as coach with Ger­many

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in World Cup his­tory, is end­ing his play­ing ca­reer and will train to be a coach.

The 38-year-old Klose re­tired from in­ter­na­tional soc­cer af­ter win­ning the World Cup with Ger­many in 2014, scor­ing twice to bring his goal tally from four tour­na­ments to 16. With a ca­reer to­tal of 71 goals, Klose is also the high­est-scor­ing player for Ger­many.

Klose's con­tract with Lazio ex­pired af­ter last sea­son. The Ger­man soc­cer fed­er­a­tion said yes­ter­day that, in con­sul­ta­tion with coach Joachim Loew and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Hansi Flick, Klose will now un­dergo an in­di­vid­ual train­ing pro­gram "with the clear aim of em­bark­ing on a coach­ing ca­reer."

"I cel­e­brated my great­est suc­cesses in the na­tional team, this time was won­der­ful and un­for­get­table," Klose said. "So I'm happy to re­turn to the (Ger­man fed­er­a­tion)."

Klose, who played 137 games for Ger­many, will now be­come part of the na­tional team setup.

"We're look­ing for­ward to Miro," said Loew, who has just ex­tended his con­tract through to the 2020 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

"I am sure that we coaches, just like the play­ers, will ben­e­fit very much from his pres­ence and in­volve­ment," Loew added. "He will not just be with us on the train­ing field, but also con­trib­ute his views to pre­par­ing for op­po­nents and to game and video anal­y­sis."

Miroslav Klose with his sons af­ter the 2014 Rio fi­nal

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