Gerd Müller, nicknamed “Der Bomber”, was a prolific goal scorer although he wasn’t fast compared to other players.
During his career he won several awards such as Bundesliga top scorer and European top scorer.
Müller was born in Nördlingen on November 3, 1945 and started his career at 1961 Nördlingen, when he was 13.
He played for the club until 1964, scoring 51 goals in 31 appearances, before signing with Bayern Munich.
Müller signed for Bayern Munich in 1964. The club at that time was in the German second division. He helped the team to promote to the Bundesliga in 1965.
He showed great performance in the 1966-67 European Cup Winners’ Cup victory, especially scoring a hat-trick in the semi-finals.
Gerd Müller won DFB-Pokal 4 times during his Bayern spell.
After winning the 1968-69 Bundesliga, he managed to win the league 3 more times between the years 1971-1974.
He also won the European Cup 3 consecutive seasons from 1973 to 1976. After that, Gerd won the 1976 Intercontinental Cup, scoring a goal against Cruzeiro.
During his 15-year tenure at Bayern Munich, Müller scored a total of 398 goals in 453 games. He became the Bundesliga top scorer 7 times, and won the European Golden Shoe award twice.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
He joined the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1979 and played at the club for 3 seasons before he retired in 1982.
During his tenure, he scored 38 goals in 71 matches and reached the NASL 1980 final.
Gerd played for the West Germany National Team from 1966 to 1974.
He became the top scorer in the World Cup 1970 with 10 goals, as the national team finish 3rd.
Der Bomber then led West Germany to the 1972 UEFA European Championship victory, being the top scorer with 4 goals. He scored a brace against Belgium in the semi-finals, and another one against Soviet Union in the final.
After the winning goal against Netherlands in the World Cup 1974 final, Gerd became the top scorer with 4 goals.
The 14 goals he scored in the World Cups made him the top scorer of all time in the tournament history.
During the 8 years he spent at the national team, Müller scored 68 goals in 62 appearances. He held the record of being the all-time leading scorer of West Germany until 2014.