Germany’s legendary striker and World Cup top-goalscorer Miroslav Klose has ended his playing career.
The 38-year-old has joined the coaching staff of the German national team as he looks to kick off his coaching career, the German Football Association said on Tuesday.
Klose, who helped his country win the 2014 World Cup and became the all-time top scorer at the tournament with 16 goals, ended his playing career last season at Italian club Lazio.
“He will undergoing an individual training and trainee program with the clear aim of starting a coaching career,” the DFB said in a statement.
Germany’s record goalscorer with 71 goals in 137 matches also played for Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen.
“In the past months the thought has matured in me to remain on the pitch with the perspective of the coach,” Klose said. “I would like to thank [Germany coach] Joachim Loew and [sports director] Hansi Flick for the chance to sharpen my perspective in a practical environment.”
He will be part of Germany’s coaching team for their World Cup qualifier in San Marino and a friendly against Italy this November.