Bayern's Klose seeks to revive club career
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose will be the focus of attention when he steps onto the pitch of promoted Kaiserslautern's Fritz Walter stadium on Friday as he battles to revive his club career.
A former fan favorite as a Kaiserslautern player, Klose, after a disappointing season at Bayern spent mostly on the bench, had a spectacular World Cup and helped Germany finished third.
With the new Bundesliga only a match old, Klose, who played for Kaiserslautern from 1999 to 2004, is hoping to pick up where he left off at the World Cup where he scored four goals.
The 32-year-old managed to win back a starting spot for the German Cup and the first Bundesliga match day and while still enjoying friendly ties with Kaiserslautern, he knows only goals will keep him starting for Bayern.
"I played there five years and before that I was in the stands dreaming of playing on that pitch. But now I want to win at Kaiserslautern on Friday and I want to score, that much is clear," Klose told his club's Web site.
"I tried to use [the World Cup momentum] because I played a good tournament. As a team we have to make sure we don't drop points at the start."
Newly promoted Kaiserslautern will be out to spoil the champions' good start to the season -- a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg -- after winning their own opening game against Cologne 3-1.
"We will not defend for 90 minutes," said coach Marco Kurz. "As a promoted team we have to offer resistance, we must be bold and fear nothing."