World Cup top-scorer Klose retires at 38
Miroslav Klose holds the record for most goals scored at the World Cup finals, hitting the back of the net 16 times. He is also the most successful goal scorer ever for Germany.
Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, announced his retirement from football on 1 November 2016. Klose, 38, the leading scorer of Germany with 71 goals in 137 internationals, was without a club after his Lazio contract expired last season.
Now, the former world-class striker plans to join Germany's coaching staff after an invitation from head coach Joachim Loew. For the purpose, he will have to attend a set coaching programme for the national team as well as the required qualifications for an A-license.
His first match of the coaching team for national side will be on 11 November 2016 for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
• He is the most successful goal scorer ever for Germany and the second most-capped player behind Lothar Matthaus (150 appearances).
• He holds the record for most goals scored at the World Cup finals, hitting the back of the net 16 times.
• The 38-year-old took part in a total of four World Cups between 2002 and 2014, and three European Championships.
• Last time, he wore a Germany shirt in the World Cup on 13 July 2014 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. He celebrated a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the World Cup final.
• He scored 121 goals in 307 matches in Germany's top flight and managed 68 goals in 173 Series A games during five years with Lazio, who he joined in 2011.
• He also played for FC Homberg, Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich.