Germany star Klose leaving Bayern

Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose is to quit Bayern Munich, the Bavarian football giants announced Monday, and he is now set to join Spanish side Valencia, according to a report in German daily Bild.

Germany star Klose leaving Bayern
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Klose, who turns 33 on Thursday, will part company with Bayern Munich, where his contract expires at the end of the month, and is set to announce his switch from the Bundesliga to the Spanish La Liga.

“Unfortunately, the talks with Miroslav Klose have not led to a positive outcome,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement.

“We would have liked to have extended his contract,” he added, “but we could not agree on terms. Bayern Munich would like to wish Miroslav Klose and his family all the best for the future and to thank him for all his work with us.”

The Germany star, who has scored 61 goals in 109 international appearances, has rejected Bayern’s offer of a one-year contract with the option of an extra year, after having spent most of last season on the bench.

“I have had four very nice and successful years in Munich, so I would like to sincerely thank Bayern,” said Klose.

“It was something special for me to play for this team.”

Bild reported Klose wanted a two-year deal and was demanding a higher salary than Bayern were prepared to offer him.

Competition is fierce for places up front at Bayern with Germany striker Mario Gomez netting 28 league goals in 32 matches last season.

Croatia striker Ivica Olic and new-signing Nils Petersen will also be competing for starting spots next season in Munich’s attack.

Klose has been at Bayern since 2007 and a host of clubs, including Italy’s Lazio and Premier League side Everton, are reported to have also been interested in signing him.

In four years, Klose has scored 53 goals in 150 games for Bayern and is closing in on Gerd Mueller’s all-time record of 68 goals for Germany.


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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.