On 15 May, Klose scored his final goal for Lazio from a penalty on his final appearance for the club, on the final matchday of the —16 Serie A season, in a 4—2 home loss to Fiorentina.
Klose's consistency as a goal-scorer in his first Bundesliga season at 1. FC Kaiserslautern earned him attention. In January , then-head coach of the Poland national team , Jerzy Engel , travelled to Germany to persuade Klose to choose to represent Poland.
This request was declined by Klose, who said, "I have a German passport, and if things are still running this way, I have a chance to play for Rudi Völler.
Further, he added he does not regret the choice, as with Germany he has won medals in the World Cup tournaments. Two minutes from time, he headed home the winner in a 2—1 victory for Germany, and celebrated with a front-flip.
Two hat-tricks against Israel and Austria in friendlies prior to the upcoming World Cup were enough to establish him in Germany's starting line-up for the tournament.
Klose came to international prominence at the World Cup in Korea—Japan with five headed goals for Germany, finishing as the joint second-highest goalscorer alongside Rivaldo.
Klose also became the first player ever to score five headers in a World Cup , and he celebrated two of his goals with his trademark front-flip, earning him the nickname " Salto -Klose" German: Klose participated in UEFA Euro and came on as a substitute in two matches, against Latvia and the Czech Republic , but was not completely fit, since he had just recovered from a knee injury.
He was not able to score and Germany was eliminated after the first round. In the opening match of the World Cup in Germany, Klose scored two close-range goals in a 4—2 win over Costa Rica ,  and added a similar brace in the final group game to defeat Ecuador 3—0 and make Germany the group winners.
Klose scored an 80th-minute headed equaliser against Argentina in the quarter-finals, and Germany won the resulting penalty shootout. At Euro , Klose started the opening group stage match against Poland and assisted Lukas Podolski 's two goals in a 2—0 victory.
He played the remaining two group games against Croatia and Austria with no goals of his own. He finally broke his duck during the knockout stages , scoring for Germany in the quarter-final and the semi-final against Portugal and Turkey respectively.
In both matches, he scored Germany's second goal, and both games were won 3—2. However, Klose was unable to score during the final against Spain , which Germany lost 1—0.
Klose was selected in Germany's final man squad , and for his third successive World Cup campaign. On 13 June, Klose scored the second goal against Australia in their opening group match , a 4—0 victory.
Klose made his th international appearance in the quarter-final match against Argentina, becoming only the sixth German player to reach the landmark.
He then scored the second and fourth goals against Argentina Germany winning 4—0 , pulling him level with Gerd Müller 's all-time German World Cup goalscoring record.
During the Euro qualifiers, Klose scored at least one goal in every single game he played, striking against all of Germany's opponents: Belgium , Azerbaijan , Turkey, Kazakhstan and Austria.
Gaining only six caps during the qualification campaign , he scored nine goals and provided two assists, making him Europe's second-most-successful striker for this period behind Klaas-Jan Huntelaar , who scored 12 times in 8 matches.
At the tournament, Klose came off the bench in all three of Germany's group games, but failed to score a goal.
In the quarter-final game against Greece , Klose started the match and scored Germany's third goal in a 4—2 win. Prior to the tournament, Klose said the World Cup would be his last one for Germany, stating he wanted one more shot at trying to win the World Cup and having done that, he was content.
Klose scored his record-equalling 15th World Cup goal to help Germany to a 2—2 draw against Ghana on 21 June , after entering the game as a 69th minute substitute for Mario Götze who had scored Germany's first goal with his team trailing 2—1.
On 8 July, Klose scored a record 16th World Cup goal in the 23rd minute against Brazil in the semi-finals , his second goal of the World Cup. That goal gave Germany a 2—0 lead, en route to a 7—1 win over Brazil, and Klose surpassed Ronaldo's previous record of 15 World Cup goals.
Götze would score the th-minute goal which held up as the winning goal in Germany's 1—0 victory over Argentina, earning Germany's fourth World Cup title overall and first as a reunited country.
Klose announced his retirement from international football one month after the World Cup final. On 1 November , Klose was hired to become part of the coaching staff of the German national team.
Klose said, "I celebrated my greatest successes with the national team and it was a wonderful and unforgettable time. That's why I'm delighted to return to the DFB.
In the past few months, I have thought a lot about continuing my playing career, but also about pursuing other avenues, namely becoming a coach.
Klose signed a two-year contract until the end of June A prolific goalscorer, Klose was a large and powerful striker who was known in particular for his ability in the air as a centre-forward , due to his strength, timing, elevation and heading accuracy, as well as his finishing ability.
Earlier in his career, Klose was known for his acrobatic goalscoring celebrations , which included mid-air somersaults.
Throughout his career, Klose often stood out for his fair play and honesty in addition to his skill and goalscoring as a footballer.
He was later given a fair play award for his actions,  although he had mixed feelings about the award, stating, "It's a big honour for me to receive this award, [b]ut I am also a bit irritated.
For me, it was something you should always do. I would do it again — always. At the end of September , Klose scored a goal using his hand for Lazio against Napoli.
He admitted this to the referee, who took back his decision to award the goal, spared Klose from a yellow card and shook his hand. There are many youngsters who watch football on tv and we are role models for them.
For me it was easy, it's my character. We need to set an example, If I can even help out the referees, I will do so willingly. SV Werder Bremen .
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