Gerd Muller, Germany

Gerd Muller, Germany

Background
Gerd Muller was born in Nördlingen, Germany, on November 3, 1945, and was arguably the best striker of his time; earning him the nickname ‘Bomber der Nation’ (Bomber of the nation), among others.

Football career
TSV 1861 Nördlingen was Gerd Muller’s first signing, but it was with FC Bayern München that he would seriously kick-off his footballing prowess after teaming up with Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier. Together with his talented team-mates, Muller helped the club reach the coveted Bundesliga, where they won a string of trophies, including the European Champions' Cup three times. Out of 74 appearances in the various European cups, Gerd Muller scored an incredible 66 times; a record to this day.

Gerd then moved over to the States in 1979 and was fairly successful with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League. He remained here for three seasons and scored 38 goals, but unfortunately never achieved the successes of his early years, narrowly missing out on winning the league final.

World Cup history
Gerd Muller achieved his best successes playing for his country in the 1970 and 1974 World Cups, of which the latter was one by West Germany at his home stadium in Munich. Muller scored the winning goal of the 1974 World Cup against Holland to win 2-1. Although West Germany were unsuccessful in their 1970 World Cup campaign, Muller scored the third best World Cup scoring tally of 10 goals, which combined with his four goals in the 1974 World Cup to make him the most successful World Cup striker ever.

Post playing career
Muller finished his playing days with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1982 and later became victim to a serious alcohol addiction. He beat his addiction and was then offered a job as an amateur coach at Bayern Munich. He still works this position as of 2005.

Awards
• FIFA World Cup 1974 - winner
• FIFA World Cup 1970 Top Goal Scorer – 10 goals
• European Championship: 1972
• German top scorer: 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978
• European top scorer: 1970, 1972
• European Championship top scorer: 1972
• German footballer of the year: 1967, 1969
• European Footballer of the Year: 1970

• Bayern Munich titles:
• Bundesliga: 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974

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