The news are finally confirmed. Miroslav Klose leaves FC Bayern on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract with Serie A’s Lazio Roma. This concludes his playing days in the Bundesliga, and he can now focus on retaining his right to play with the national team.
This post is more of a thank-you note than a news piece, really. Miroslav Klose has been a fan favorite with Bayern. It was not exactly because he was the most acrobatic guy. Many detractors called him a bit robotic.
What Klose brought to the team was that classic striker instinct, making sure he would be in the right position to tip the ball so it would go past the goal line. In a way, Klose does exactly what Mario Gomez does better nowadays, which is scoring when it counts.
When criticized for his 2009-10 season, Miro bounced back and delivered for the Nationalmannschaft at the World Cup. He scored a few important goals with FCB in the following season.
His contribution as a luxury substitute could be missed at FC Bayern. A striker like Nils Petersen will have to show his ability to score at crunch time if he doesn’t want the fans to regret the departure of Klose.
So, in short, Danke Miro!