Gerd Muller

10 Aug

Gerd Muller is one of the greatest goal scorers in world football. Muller is a Bayern Munich legend. Muller represented West Germany at International level. Muller is currently an assistant manager of Bayern Munich second team. Muller won the European footballer of the year award in 1970.He holds the records of all-time top goal scorer in Bundesliga as well as the all time top goal scorer for West Germany. He won world cup with West Germany in 1974.In 2000, Muller was named as the all time greatest goal scorer in world football. In Nordlingen, there is a stadium renamed after his name, “Gerd-Muller-Stadion.”

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Gerhard “Gerd” Muller was born at Nordlingen in Germany on 3rd November 1945.Der Bomber, Bomber der nation are two of his nicknames. Muller started his football journey with youth team of TSV 1861 Nordlingen, in 1960. In 1963, he made it to the senior team of Nordlingen. Amazingly, he scored 51 goals in just 32 matches for Nordlingen. In 1964, Muller moved to then Regionalliga Sud team Bayern Munich. He was an integral part of the Bayern Munich’s golden era. Muller helped Bayern to win German cup in 1966, 1967, 1969, and 1971.In 1967, he won the cup winners cup with Munich. Muller was the German Footballer of the year in 1967 as well as 1969.In 1976, he helped Munich to win Intercontinental cup. Muller was the top scorer in Germany in 1967, 1969, 1970,1972,1973,1974 and 1978.Muller helped Bayern Munich to win Bundesliga title in 1969. 1972,1973 and 1974.He helped Bayern Munich to win three consecutive European Champions cup from 1974 to 1976.He was the top scorer in European champions cup during 1973,1974,1975 and 1977. Muller scored 66 goals in European club competitions and it is a record. He was the European top scorer in 1970 and 1972.He holds the record of highest number of goals scored in single Bundesliga season with 40 and he set it in 1972.Muller has scored 365 goals in Bundesliga for Bayern Munich from 427 matches.

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In 1979, Muller moved to USA and signed up for NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers team. Muller scored 40 goals in 80 matches for Fort Lauderdale. In 1981, he bid adieu to football. Muller scored staggering 572 goals in 669 matches during his club level career. He became a coach of Bayern Munich second team and he is with them for almost 3 decades.

Muller made his debut for West Germany in 1966.He was the top scorer in 1970 world cup with 10 goals. Muller helped West Germany to win world cup in 1974.He scored four goals during the world cup and winning goal was his contribution. He is the second highest goal scorer in world cups with 14 goals. Muller helped West Germany to win the 1972 European championships. He was the top scorer in that tournament with four goals. Muller scored 68 goals for West Germany in just 62 goals, which is a remarkable feat. Gerd Muller is certainly in the league of players like Pele, Maradona etc, with his amazing goal scoring feats.

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