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Miroslav Klose to join Bayern Munich as youth coach

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Germany’s legendary striker and Bayern Munich alumnus will start his coaching career at the FC Bayern Campus

BERLIN, BERLIN - MARCH 26: Assistant coach Miroslav Klose attends the training session of the German National Team at Olympiastadion on March 26, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
Miroslav Klose at a training session of the German National Team in Berlin, March 26, 2018.
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As of this summer, Bayern Munich can count one more former player among its coaching staff—besides Niko Kovac: Sport Bild report that former striker Miroslav Klose has accepted a position as coach of Bayern Munich’s U17 team.

As Sport Bild’s Christian Falk reports,

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirms on Sky Sport Bild’s exclusive report that Klose will be a youth coach at Bayern: “We are in good discussions. We’re going to do it.”

Klose was present at the FC Bayern Campus this past Saturday to attend the U19 team’s game against Heidenheim. He as apparently familiarizing himself with his future workplace, where Bayern’s youth teams play their home games.

Bayern’s U17 team is currently coached by Holger Seitz. Seitz played professional soccer in the 3. Liga, predominantly on teams based in Bavaria, and one season in the 2. Liga with Karlsruhe. He took over Bayern’s A-Junior team in the 2015/16 season, but apparently will leave the club.

Klose has been part of Jogi Löw's coaching staff with the German national team practically since his formal retirement from professional soccer. The DFB has not yet offered any head-coaching position of his own on the national youth teams, so he will take the first steps of his coaching career with Bayern Munich instead. He will presumably still work with the German national team through the World Cup 2018 in Russia.