|Is|| Athlete |
Association football player
|Birth||16 August 1971, Dortmund, Arnsberg Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany|
Stefan Klos (born 16 August 1971) is a German retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
His 17-year career was solely associated with Borussia Dortmund and Rangers, winning 13 major titles with both teams combined, including four Scottish Premier League titles and the 1997 Champions League.
Born in Dortmund, Klos arrived at Borussia Dortmund in the 1990 summer, from neighbouring TSC Eintracht Dortmund. He made his Bundesliga debut on 4 May 1991 at only 19, in a 2–2 home draw against SG Wattenscheid 09.
From his second season onwards, Klos became the undisputed starter, relegating longtime first-choice Wolfgang de Beer to the bench. His worst output was 31 games in precisely that season, as Die Borussen went on to win back-to-back national championships, also finishing second in 1991–92.
In addition to playing in all the league matches in 1996–97 – league conquest – Klos added 11 appearances in the campaign’s UEFA Champions League (46 overall), as Borussia won the tournament for the first time ever. He left the club with more than 350 official contests to his credit.
On 24 December 1998, Klos signed with Scottish giants Rangers, on a contract that made him one of the highest-earning players in Europe. He replaced Lionel Charbonnier as first-choice and was nicknamed ‘Der Goalie’, a play on club legend Andy Goram’s “The Goalie” moniker; he won his first Scottish Premier League title that season.
In a game against Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle Stadium during 2000–01, Klos produced an outstanding performance: as both Arthur Numan and Claudio Reyna were sent off for the away side he made several crucial saves in an eventual 1–0 win, courtesy of a Jörg Albertz penalty; Celtic won the league, however.
In the 2002–03 season, Rangers won the treble, with Klos again an undisputed first-choice. He was appointed team captain in July 2004, but six months later picked up a knee ligament injury in training, missing the remainder of the campaign and being replaced by Ronald Waterreus; the Dutch retained his starter status even after he regained full fitness.
Klos looked set to challenge new signing Lionel Letizi after Paul Le Guen’s arrival at the start of 2006–07, but he suffered a biking injury which gave long-term third choice Allan McGregor the chance to play. On 22 February 2007, he made his first appearance of the season for the first team against Hapoel Tel Aviv FC in the round-of-16 of the UEFA Cup, after McGregor was sent off (2–0 home win).
Klos left Rangers at the end of the season after eight-and-a-half years at the club, having appeared in 298 games across all competitions. He retired at the age of 36, and subsequently settled in Switzerland; in 2009, he was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.
- Borussia Dortmund
- Bundesliga: 1994–95, 1995–96
- UEFA Champions League: 1996–97
- Intercontinental Cup: 1997
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 1992–93
- Scottish Premier League: 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2004–05
- Scottish Cup: 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03
- Scottish League Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03