Germany legend Miroslav Klose has decided to retire from the game after his contract with Lazio expired at the end of the 2015-16 season.
The veteran striker had been linked with a MLS move, as well as a return to his former club of Kaiserslautern, but has opted to end his playing days and has taken a position with Germany’s national team.
The 38-year-old will be following an individual education and traineeship under national team coach Joachim Low and sporting director Hansi Flick with an eye on a future coaching career, while also joining Low’s backroom staff.
“I enjoyed my biggest successes with the national team. It was a great time and unforgettable for me. That’s why I am happy to return to the DFB,” Klose told the DFB website.
“Over the past few months, the idea of staying on the pitch in another position, as a coach, got into my mind. I already enjoyed developing tactics, preparing for games and reading the game during my playing days.
“I am grateful to Jogi Low and Hansi Flick that they are offering me this opportunity.”
Klose started his professional career with Homburg and also wore the jerseys of Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and Lazio.
He enjoyed his biggest successes with Bayern, where he won two Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokals. The striker won the Bundesliga top-scorer award in 2005-06.
He made 137 appearances for Die Meinschaft and scored 71 goals, making him his country’s all-time top goalscorer
He won the World Cup in 2014, having finished as a runner-up in 2002. Klose is also the all-time top scorer at World Cup finals, with 16 strikes spread over four tournaments.