Gerd Müller

German footballer (1945–2021)

Gerhard "Gerd" Müller (November 3, 1945 – August 15, 2021) was a German footballer. He played for FC Bayern München and the Germany national team. He was on the team that won the FIFA World Cup in 1974.

Gerd Müller
Personal information
Full name Gerhard Müller
Date of birth (1945-11-03)3 November 1945
Place of birth Nördlingen, Southwest zone, Allied-occupied Germany
Date of death 15 August 2021(2021-08-15) (aged 75)
Place of death Wolfratshausen, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1958–1963 1861 Nördlingen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 1861 Nördlingen 31 (51)
1964–1979 Bayern Munich 453 (398)
1979–1981 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 71 (38)
Total 555 (487)
National team
1966 West Germany U23 1 (1)
1966–1974 West Germany 62 (68)
Teams managed
1992–2014 Bayern Munich II (assistant)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  West Germany
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1974 West Germany
Third place 1970 Mexico
UEFA European Championship
Winner 1972 Belgium
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Müller in 1974

Club career change

He started playing football for TSV 1861 Nördlingen. From 1964 he played for FC Bayern München. In his first season for Bayern München he scored 33 goals in 26 matches. From 1965 to 1979 he scored in 427 Bundesliga matches and scored 365 goals. This record is still existing. From 1979 to 1982 he played in the US-professional league for Ford Lauderdale Strikers and Smiths Brothers Lounge.

International career change

He started his international career on 12 October 1966 in Ankara versus Turkey. In his second match versus Albania he scored his first four of his 68 goals in the national team. He was member of the 1970 FIFA World Cup team. With ten goals he was the best scorer in this tournament. In 1972 Germany won the European Championship and Müller was again the best scorer of this tournament. In 1974 he won with Germany the FIFA World Cup where he scored the second goal in the 2–1 victory over the Netherlands. After this tournament he resigned from the team.

Records change

  • Müller scored 68 goals in 62 matches for Germany. He was the best scorer of the team until Miroslav Klose broke his record in 2014.
  • During two World Cups (1970 and 1974) he scored 14 goals. This record was broken by Ronaldo during the World Cup 2006.

Death change

On 6 October 2015, it was announced that Müller was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.[2] He died on 15 August 2021 at a nursing home in Wolfratshausen, Germany, aged 75.[3]

Career statistics change

Club change

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[4][5][6][7]
Club Season League DFB-Pokal Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
TSV 1861 Nördlingen 1962–63 Bezirksliga Schwaben-Nord 3 4 3 4
1963–64 Bezirksliga Schwaben-Nord 28 47 28 47
Total 31 51 31 51
Bayern Munich 1964–65 Regionalliga Süd 26 33 6[a] 6 32 39
1965–66 Bundesliga 33 15 6 1 39 16
1966–67 Bundesliga 32 28 4 7 9[b] 8 45 43
1967–68 Bundesliga 34 19 4 4 8[b] 7 46 30
1968–69 Bundesliga 30 30 5 7 35 37
1969–70 Bundesliga 33 38 3 4 2[c] 0 38 42
1970–71 Bundesliga 32 22 7 10 8[d] 7 47 39
1971–72 Bundesliga 34 40 6 5 8[b] 5 48 50
1972–73 Bundesliga 33 36 5 7 6[c] 11 5[e] 12 49 66
1973–74 Bundesliga 34 30 4 5 10[c] 8 48 43
1974–75 Bundesliga 33 23 3 2 7[c] 5 43 30
1975–76 Bundesliga 22 23 6 7 6[c] 5 1[f] 0 35 35
1976–77 Bundesliga 25 28 4 11 4[c] 5 4[g] 4 37 48
1977–78 Bundesliga 33 24 3 4 6[h] 4 42 32
1978–79 Bundesliga 19 9 2 4 21 13
Total 453 398 62 78 74 65 16 22 605 563
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1979 NASL 25 19 2[i] 0 27 19
1980 NASL 29 14 7[i] 2 36 16
1981 NASL 17 5 17 5
Total 71 38 9 2 80 40
Career total 555 487 62 78 74 65 25 24 716 654
  1. Appearances in Bundesliga promotion play-offs
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Appearances in European Cup Winners' Cup
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Appearances in European Cup
  4. Appearances in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
  5. Appearances in DFB-Ligapokal
  6. Appearance in the UEFA Super Cup
  7. Two appearances and three goals in UEFA Super Cup, two appearances and 1 goal in Intercontinental Cup
  8. Appearances in UEFA Cup
  9. 9.0 9.1 Appearances in NASL play-offs

International change

Appearances and goals by national team and year[8][9]
National team Year Apps Goals
West Germany Friendlies – 1966 1 0
Friendlies – 1967 1 1
UEFA Euro 1968 qual. 3 6
Friendlies – 1968 1 0
1970 FIFA World Cup qual. 6 9
Friendlies – 1969 3 2
Friendlies – 1970 5 2
1970 FIFA World Cup 6 10
Friendlies – 1971 4 7
UEFA Euro 1972 qual. 7 6
Friendlies – 1972 3 8
UEFA Euro 1972 2 4
Friendlies – 1973 8 7
Friendlies – 1974 5 2
1974 FIFA World Cup 7 4
Total 62 68

Müller scored 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany. His 14 goals in FIFA World Cup tournaments were a record between 1974 and 2006. This score was bettered in 2006 by Brazil's Ronaldo, and eight years later by German Miroslav Klose, who also broke Müller's record for goals for Germany.[10][11] However, Müller managed to score eight hat-tricks in his international career.[12]

Honours change

Bayern Munich[13][14][15]

West Germany[13][14]

Individual

Notes change

  1. Shared with Günter Netzer

References change

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