Klos, the frustrated champion

Oliver Kahn, Andreas Kopke, Bodo Illgner or Jens Lehmann are a few names of great German goalkeepers that fought during the last two decades for a place between the national team’s posts. But this competition made also collateral victims, players which, despite having real qualities, did not make it ever to play in a single game for Germany.

It is the case of Stefan Klos, Borussia Dortmund’s goalkeeper in 1997, the year in which the yellows won their only Champions’ League. But this isn’t his only achievement in his entire career. Born on 16th of August 1971 in Dortmund, Klos begun playing for Borussia in 1990, and until 1998 he gathered here 254 matches, managing to win the Bundesliga in both times: 1995 and 1996. Despite measuring only 1,81 meters, Klos was offered to play in UK and in 1998 he signed a contract with Glasgow Rangers, team at which he played eight and a half years, until he retired from football, in 2007.

Here, he suffered a few injures, the worst happening in 2005, when he broke his knee ligaments. Still, until than he made a lot of astonishing matches, including one, in the 2000-2001, when his parades helped Rangers to win an away game, at Hearts, allthough thee played a significant part of the game in nine man, after the sending off suffered by Numan and Reyna.

His performances at Rangers weren’t few, as Stefan won four championships (1999, 2000, 2003 and 2005), three national cups (1999, 2002 and 2003) and two league cups (2002 and 2003). So, a career marked by 11 trophies wasn’t enough to bring Klos a single match in Germany’s national football team. And we must know that he did where the shirt of the U21 squad between 1991 and 1993, in 17 ocasions!

Still, he is a real big name in international football, even though few have heard of him. When you play a total of 552 matches at two of most successful European sides, it’s impossible to deny the reality. Klos played all Borussia’s 11 matches in the 1996-1997 Champions’ League campaign and despite conceding eight goals in the group stage, he kept two clean shits in the semifinals, where the side from Dortmund put of Manchester United after a double 1-0 win.

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