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Former German striker Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in World Cup history, has been appointed coach of Altach, the Austrian top division club announced on Friday.

At 44 years old, Klose will have his first experience as a head coach, after having been part of the coaching staff of Bayern Munich and the German national team.

When announcing his hiring, the Altach website was inaccessible for a few moments.

Klose is due to sign his contract on Sunday and will be officially unveiled on Monday.

“I am looking forward to starting my new job here,” Klose said in a statement. “Since the beginning of the talks I have the feeling that I am in the right place,” he said.

The former Bayern striker ended his international career after winning the world title in Germany in 2014. In Brazil he scored the 16th goal of his career in the World Cup finals, beating the previous record held by Brazilian Ronaldo.

Klose, Germany’s top scorer with 71 goals in 137 games, retired as a player in 2016. He then became deputy manager of the Mannschaft, under Joachim Löw, and then took the reins of the U-17 team. from Bayern Munich.

In 2020, Klose joined Bayern’s first-team coaching staff as assistant to Hansi Flick, the current Germany coach.

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