Gerd Muller: German Bayern Munich legend died in 75


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Bayern Munich and Germany legend Gerd Muller has died at the age of 75.

One of the best strikers in history, Muller scored 68 goals in 62 appearances for West Germany, including a winning goal in the 1974 World Cup final against the Netherlands.

He also scored 547 goals in 594 competitive games over 15 years at Bayern, a Bundesliga giant.

“Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans,” said Bayern president Herbert Hainer.

“Gerd Muller was the greatest striker that ever existed – and a good person, a person in world football. We are united in deep sorrow with his wife Uschi and his family.

“Without Gerd Muller, FC Bayern would not be the club we all love today. His name and his memory will live on forever.”

‘One of the greatest legends in history’

Muller, twice the German footballer of the year, won the Golden Boot for scoring 10 goals at the 1970 World Cup, and that year he also won the Golden Ball.

He helped West Germany win the European Championship two years later, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory against the Soviet Union in the final.

“The news of Gerd Muller’s death deeply saddens us,” said Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn.

“He is one of the greatest legends in the history of FC Bayern, his achievements are unparalleled to this day and he will forever be a part of the great history of FC Bayern and the whole of German football.

“As a player and a person, Gerd Muller stands for FC Bayern and its development into one of the biggest clubs in the world like no other. Gerd will forever be in our hearts.”

A record for decades

Gerd Muller raised the 1974 World Cup
Gerd Muller scored the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup final

During his 15 years at Bayern, Muller was the Bundesliga’s top scorer seven times. He also held the record for most goals in a calendar year after scoring 85 in 1972, until Lionel Messi surpassed his total in 2012.

His record of 40 goals in the Bundesliga season – achieved in 1971-72 – stood for 49 years before being broken by Robert Lewandowski in May.

In total, Muller helped Bayern win four Bundesliga titles and the DFB Cup, three European Cups, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.

The club announced in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

‘Muhammad Ali from the penalty area’

Born on November 3, 1945, Muller joined Bayern in 1964. Due to his short stature and stature, the club’s first coach, Zlatko Tchaikovsky, called him “a short, fat Muller”.

However, Muller quickly gained a reputation as a clinical striker and his goals helped Bayern win the title four times between 1969 and 1974.

His skill in the penalty area quickly made him one of the most feared strikers at the club and international level, with another Bayern giants – Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – describing Muller in 2015 as “the best of all time, Muhammad Ali from the penalty area”.

Muller retired from international football shortly after helping West Germany win the 1974 World Cup, at just 28, but continued to enjoy success at Bayern before moving to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1979.

He played three seasons in the United States before announcing his retirement in 1982.

A tribute to Muller

Goal machine for club and state – Muller’s outstanding numbers

Gerd Muller lifts the 1974 European Cup trophy
Muller did not play for any club except for Bayern in the Bundesliga (1964-79). In this picture, he celebrates winning the European Cup in 1974, scoring twice in the final
  • With 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games, he is the record holder in Bundesliga history.
  • He scored 40 goals in 1971-72 – a Bundesliga record broken last season by Robert Lewandowski (41).
  • In the 1969-70 season, he scored a goal in 16 consecutive Bundesliga games, which is still an uninterrupted mark.
  • He was the top scorer in seven seasons of the Bundesliga – also a record.
  • “Bomber der Nation” (“national bomber”) is also the best scorer in the history of the German Cup – he scored more often (78 goals) than he played games (62).
  • Only Miroslav Klose (71) scored more goals for the German national team than Muller (68). However, Klose also played twice as many international games (137) as Muller (62).

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