Miroslav Klose has started working as an assistant coach at FC Bayern. Hansi Flick is looking forward to the international expertise of the World Cup companion, who is about to do an extra shift with Lewandowski. CEO Rummenigge particularly likes one point.
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Curtain up for Miroslav Klose: With a smile on his face, the World Cup record scorer slipped under the raised privacy screen on the FC Bayern training ground. On the way to the first session, the cheerful Klose exchanged a few words with his new boss Hansi Flick, then he started with a lot of enthusiasm. The 42-year-old matched balls, motivated, gave commands, sought conversations. The new assistant coach of the Bayern stars always held a white piece of paper in his hand.
“I couldn’t wait to get back on the pitch as soon as possible,” said Klose, who did an extra shift with Robert Lewandowski on Tuesday. “I think my focus will be a bit on the strikers, but we’ll define that together with Hansi Flick.”
After two successful years with the U17 of the German record champion, the promoted Klose is Flick’s preferred candidate in the new office. With 71 goals in 137 games, the most successful goal scorer in German international history has been working on the soccer teacher license in addition to his Bayern job since this summer and is therefore determined to “take the next step in my career as a coach”. The engagement with the Munich professionals is initially agreed for a year until June 30, 2021.
Flick over Klose: “calm and without any vanities”
“We are delighted to have such a top expert on the team, especially when it comes to international football,” said Flick at the start of the team training session. “I expect Miro to bring his experience to the team, like everyone in the team. That’s how I know Miro, very calmly and without any vanities.”
In August, Klose may be responsible for the part of the Bayern team around new signing Leroy Sané who stays in Munich and does not go on the targeted Champions League tour to Portugal.
Miroslav Klose (left) gives Bavaria’s Adrian Fein (right) instructions during the training. (Source: Sven Simon / imago images)
Flick said that the experience of the former world-class striker in particular could be “a huge pound” in future cooperation. Both have known each other for a long time. Six years ago, the assistant to national coach Joachim Löw and Klose celebrated the World Cup title in Rio. “We trust ourselves both professionally and personally,” emphasized Klose when he signed up.
From 2007 to 2011, Klose stormed for the Munich team, and after finishing his career in 2016, he continued to advance his coaching career. At times he was on the staff of national coach Joachim Löw. There he took “tactical finesse” with him and learned from Löw “a feeling for players, for team spirit”, as he reported. In the summer of 2018, he switched to Bavaria’s youngsters and also aroused desires in the Bundesliga. There he wants to be head coach “at some point”.
Rummenigge: “Miro chose the rocky road as a coach”
“With Miro, I personally like one fact in particular: he was a world-class striker himself, he scored at world championships even more often than the bomber, the legendary Gerd Müller. But despite his name and his successful vita, Miro chose the rocky path as a coach, accumulates experience, works its way up, “said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “I am convinced that our strikers in particular will benefit from him as a coach.”
The down-to-earth Klose himself likes to point out that he doesn’t want to rush into the coaching career. “I told the team that I am a very open, communicative coach and I want to approach the players as well,” he said on Tuesday on the club’s website.
Miroslav Klose (right) in exchange with head coach Hansi Flick (left) and Hermann Gerland (center). (Source: Sven Simon / imago images)
Step by step is the motto that the DFB also likes to see. “When Miro supported our national team coaching team from 2016 to 2018, he noticed the interest, passion and expertise in the coaching profession,” recalled DFB director Oliver Bierhoff. “It is great that Miroslav Klose, a world champion, is so meticulous on the coaching path and is constantly expanding his knowledge.”
In addition to the most successful World Cup goal scorer Klose with 16 goals, team coach Flick also includes Danny Röhl (assistant coach analysis), Toni Tapalovic (goal keeper coach), Holger Broich (scientific director and head of fitness) and Hermann Gerland (assistant coach) . Gerland and Klose struck up a lot of conversation on Tuesday. “It is incredibly exciting and I am very happy to be part of it. We are a good team and everyone can learn from each other,” said Klose.