Thursday, November 03, 2005

Famous Germans - Gerd Müller

I'm a big soccer fan and when I play myself I love to be a forward.
The most famous forward in German soccer history celebrates his 60th birthday today: Mr. "Bomber" Gerd Müller.
There is a very interesting interview in the Süddeutsche Zeitung with him today.

To list all records could be a special edition for the book of records.
Here is only a small selection of the traces the World Cup champion of 1974, European Championship winner of 1972, three times European Champions' Cup winner (1974, 1975, 1976), Intercontinental Cup winner (1976), four times German League (Bundesliga) champion (1969, 1972, 1973, 1974) and four times German Cup winner (1966, 1967, 1969, 1971) has left in the statistics:

  • 68 goals in 62 international appearances (next are Jürgen Klinsmann and Rudi Völler with 47 goals)
  • 66 goals in several European cups, not achieved until today (next are Eusebio with 57 goals and Raul (still competing) with 51 goals)
  • World Cup top scorer 1970 with ten goals; with altogether 14 goals still top scorer of all times at World Cups
  • 78 goals in 62 German Cups - not obtained until today as well; next are Klaus Fischer and Dieter Müller with 46 goals
  • 365 goals in 427 games of the German soccer league Bundesliga - a record for eternity; next are Klaus Fischer with 268 goals and Jupp Heynckes with 220 goals, both far behind
  • Seven times top scorer of the German league, nobody has more than three titles besides him; a record as well: 40 goals in one season (1971/72) a threshold no other player has reached since, next with 38 and 36 goals Gerd Müller, whoever else?
  • He scored at least 20 goals in the German league twelve times, next is Klaus Fischer with six times
  • 87 times multiple goals in one game, nobody else will ever reach this probably. 55 double, 18 triple, 10 quadruple and 4 quintuple goals were scored by him; only one record is not in his hand: Dieter Müller has scored six times in one game in 1972
  • 18 times multiple goals in international matches
  • One negative record: He failed to score penalties in the German league 12 times, but he scored 51 penalties on the other hand (Manfred Kaltz has 53).
What an outstanding career! I always admired him and he was my star before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge rised to be on top, not before Gerd Müller retired.
Happy birthday, Bomber! Good, that you are still around.


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