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Germany's Miroslav Klose and Italy's Fabio Grosso fight for the ball during World Cup soccer in Dortmund, Germany on July 4, 2006. Italy defeated Germany 2-0. (UPI Photo/CHRISTINE BRU )
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Miroslav Klose (German pronunciation:   ( listen); born Mirosław Marian Kloze IPA:  on 9 June 1978 in Opole, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Since bursting onto the international stage at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he has become well-known for his knack of scoring headers and his front-flip goal celebration routine. He is currently the all time joint leading German World Cup goalscorer (along with Gerd Müller).

Klose plays internationally for the German national team. Although Polish by birth, Klose holds German nationality. He was the top scorer and thus the Golden Boot winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with five goals. Klose also scored five goals in his debut World Cup, the 2002 World Cup hosted jointly by the Korea Republic and Japan. He scored in his first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, opened the scoring against England in the first round of the knock out stages, and scored twice on his 100th cap against Argentina in the quarter-finals, giving him a total of fourteen goals in World Cup finals. He is the first German player since the reunification of Germany to finish as the World Cup's top scorer, and the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups. Natural with the head, he was first team roster before injuries took him out of the team for a while, and during his rest Ivica Olić took over, impressing, and replaced Klose as Van Gaal's first team striker.

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