BERLIN — Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in World Cup history, is ending his playing career and will train to be a coach.
The 38-year-old Klose retired from international soccer after winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, scoring twice to bring his goal tally from four tournaments to 16. With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is also the highest-scoring player for Germany.
Klose’s contract with Lazio expired after last season. The German soccer federation said Tuesday that, in consultation with coach Joachim Loew and technical director Hansi Flick, Klose will now undergo an individual training program “with the clear aim of embarking on a coaching career.”
“I celebrated my greatest successes in the national team, this time was wonderful and unforgettable,” Klose said. “So I’m happy to return to the (German federation).”