Gerd Muller biography

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Known as one of the greatest players of all time and most prolific players in the history of football, Gerd Muller was a German former professional footballer and a Bayern Munich legend of all time. In this article we take a look at his biography.

Gerd Muller was one of the most decorated players of football history, born in the city of Nordingen in Germany in 1945. Muller played in different leagues and clubs, but he spent more time in

Bayern Munich

than any other club he played at. The Ballon D’Or winner in 1970, Gerd Muller remains the highest ever goalscorer in the history of the German football clubs and certainly one of its greatest ever players.

Gerd Muller started his professional debut in 1963 and joined the West Germany national team in 1966. At the international level with West Germany, he scored 68 goals in 62 appearances, and at club level, after 15 years with Bayern Munich, he scored a record 365 goals in 427


games and an international record 66 goals in 74 European club games.

Gerd Muller won every trophy that he competed for, the most important one was that of helping Germany win the World Cup at home in 1974 in which Muller scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win in the final in front of his home crowd in Munich. He earned many records during his career.

While current Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski may be breaking some of Muller's records, plenty remains the seemingly untouchable property of Gerd Muller the country's No.1 goalscorer, such as his single-season record of 40 goals in 1971/72 and the 365 Bundesliga goals in 427 league games between 1964 and 1979 all told.

Devastating for Bayern and German football fans, Gerd Müller died on 15 August 2021 at the age of 75, after 6 years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Now let's move forward to have an in-depth look at Gerd Muller's life. In the following article, you are going to read more detailed information about

Gerd Muller bio


Gerd Muller life story


Gerd Muller childhood

as well as his personal and professional life.

All You Need to Know About Gerd Muller

Gerd Muller was born on 3 November 1945 in Nördlingen, Germany. This professional footballer who is well known in the football world, started his professional career in 1963 after 6 years of playing as his youth career and scoring plenty of goals as a youngster, joined the German National team in 1966 where he scored 68 goals in his 62 appearances.Gerd Muller ended his career in 1982.

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Gerd Muller biography


Gerd Muller information

In the following part of Gerd Muller biography, you can find some general information about him listed down here.

Gerd Muller Bio

  • Full Name

    : Gerhard Müller

  • Nickname

    : Bomber der Nation

  • Profession

    : professional football player

Gerd Muller Physical Stats

  • Weight

    : 70 Kilograms

  • Height

    : 1.76 m

  • Eye Color

    : dark brown

  • Hair Color

    : light brown

Gerd Muller Football Information

  • Position

    : striker

  • Jersey Number

    : 9-13

  • Professional Debut

    : 1963

Gerd Muller Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth

    : 3 November 1945 (age 75)

  • Place of Birth:

    Nördlingen, Germany

  • Date of Death:

     15 August 2021

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Scorpio

  • Gerd Muller Nationality

    : German

Gerd Muller Early Life

In this section of Gerd Muller biography, we will have a glance at his early life.Gerd Muller also Known as Gerhard Gerd Müller was born on 3 November 1945 in Nördlingen, Allied-Occupied Germany.

Gerd Muller started playing football when he was a child and joined the youth ranks of his local club 1861 Nordingen when he was 13 years old. Muller played for the team for 6 years and was a prodigious goal scorer of the club. He scored 180 goals in the season that ended in 1963. In the same year, he started his senior career.

Gerd Muller Profile

In this division of

Gerd Muller biography

, we will review his professional career from his early days.

Gerd Muller joined the 1861 Nördlingen youth system in 1958 while he was just 13 years old where he stayed for the next 6 years. In 1963 he started his senior career by joining 1861 Nördlingen. He scored 51 goals in his 31 appearances. Gerd Muller joined Bayern Munich in 1964. At the time Bayern Munich was one level below the Bundesliga. After one season, With his club,Gerd Muller advanced to the Bundesliga and started a long string of successes. He totally had 453 appearances in which he scored 398 goals.

In 1979 Muller went to the United States and joined

Fort Lauderdale

Strikers. He played three seasons with this team, scoring 38 goals in 71 appearances.

At the international level, Gerd Muller's first appearance for the Germany National team came in 1966. He was Germany's all-time leading scorer for almost 40 years. It might be interesting for you to know that at the 1974 World Cup, Gerd Muller scored the winning goal for the 2–1 victory over Johan Cruyff's Netherlands in the final.

Style of Play

Gerd Muller is undoubtedly one of the greatest strikers in German and international football. He was especially famous for his fascinating ability to turn at lightning sped while handling the ball.

Gerd Muller has a short appearance due to which some criticized him that he was not very fast but in fact speed and agility were always Gerd Muller's greatest assets. He did not run very much but he was able to reach an extreme acceleration and be first to the ball. He also regularly soared higher than much taller defenders while jumping for the ball. Franz Beckenbauer who is also one of the greatest soccer players in football history and Gerd Muller's teammate states: "His pace was incredible. In training, I have played against him and I never had a chance."

David Winner the author of Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, "Müller was short, squat, awkward-looking and not notably fast; he never fitted the conventional idea of a great footballer, but he had lethal acceleration over short distances, a remarkable aerial game, and uncanny goalscoring instincts. His short legs gave him a strangely low center of gravity, so he could turn quickly and with perfect balance in spaces and at speeds that would cause other players to fall over. He also had a knack of scoring in unlikely situations."


Named as West German Footballer of the Year in 1967, and 1969, Gerd Muller is one of the most influential footballers in German football history.

Due to the number of goals he scored, Gerd Muller was nicknamed "Bomber der Nation" ("the nation's Bomber") or simply "Der Bomber" in Germany. He was also named European Footballer of the Year in 1970. In the same year after a successful season at Bayern Munich, he scored ten goals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup for West Germany and he received the Golden Boot as top goalscorer. In 1972, he became the top goalscorer in the UEFA European Championship by scoring two goals in the final. In the 1974 World Cup, he scored four goals including the winning goal in the final match.

Gerd Muller won the all-time goal-scoring record in the World Cup with 14 goals for 32 years. In 1999, he was ranked ninth in the European player of the Century election held by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and he was voted 13th in the IFFHS' World Player of the Century election. Pele named Muller in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004.

Paul Breitner, one of Muller's former team-mate and the man who scored West Germany's opener in that 1974 World Cup final triumph, stated: "Gerd Müller is the most important footballer Germany has ever had. Him alone."Current Bayern coach Hansi Flick recalled, "When I was growing up, he was the most amazing footballer around. He was such a natural goalscorer that you don't find anymore – well, there is Lewy. But he was my boyhood idol."

Goal celebration

The legendary German footballer didn't have any special goal celebration.

Gerd Muller outside football

Gerd Muller ended his career in 1982. Unfortunately, after that, he fell into a slump and suffered from alcoholism for a period. However, his former companions at Bayern Munich convinced him to go through alcohol rehabilitation. When he emerged, they gave him a job as a coach at Bayern Munich II.

Like many other popular footballers, Gerd Muller had cooperation with the brand Adidas and there is a collection of apparel released by Adidas under the Gerd Müller name. It is part of the Adidas originals series. In July 2008, the Rieser Sportpark, in Nordlingen, where Muller had begun his career, was renamed the Gerd-Müller-Stadion in his honor.In October 2015, it was announced that Muller is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The disease eventually caused the Bayern Munich and Germany legend death at the age of 75. R.I.P Muller.

Gerd Muller personal life

Gerd Muller was born in the city of Nordingen in Germany to Johann Heinrich Müller, his father, and Christina Karoline Müller, his mother.Like many other great footballers, he started playing football from a young age and joined the youth ranks of the local club 1861 Nordingen when he was just 13 years old. Then he moved to Bayern Munich in 1964 and stayed with the club for 15 years during which he helped them win almost every major trophy for which it competed.In 1963 he started his senior career which lasted for almost two decades.

Family, children, and relationships

Gerd Muller married Uschi Ebenbock in 1967. The couple has a son named Nicole Müller.

In 2015, it was announced that Muller is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Muller's wife took care for him at a Bavarian nursing home in Wolfratshausen but was not allowed to visit him for three months following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which she said she was not able to explain to him. 

Prior to Muller's death, she told German outlet BILD, "He eats next to nothing, can hardly swallow, lies in bed for almost 24 hours, and has only a few waking moments," she continues, " He has always been a fighter, has always been brave, all his life. He is now too. Gerd sleeps towards its end. He has closed his eyes, is dozing, only rarely opens his mouth, and is given pureed food. He is calm and peaceful, and I don't think he has to suffer either. He's slowly sleeping over."

Eventually the great Bayern legend passed away in August 2021, Leaving his wife and daughter who stood by him all through these years behind. 

"Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans," said Bayern President Herbert Hainer in a statement on the club's website.

"Gerd Müller was the greatest striker there's ever been, and a fine person and character of world football."


Regarding Gerd Muller Philantrophy there is no available information or records, except the fact that he is one of the most influential footballers in the world that encourage the young who wanted to follow their dream in football.

Legal issue

Gerd Muller hasn't had any special legal issues during either his professional carer or his personal life. Although He had an alcohol problem for many years but he recovered from the problem after going through rehabilitation.

Gerd Muller career statistics


Gerd Muller biography

, in this part, we would have a rundown of his career statistics.


As mentioned before, Gerd Muller began his football career at his hometown club TSV 1861 Nördlingen when he was. Then he joined the senior team when he was 18, where he had 31 appearances and scored 51 goals.in 1964 Gerd Muller joined Bayern Munich which was one level below the Bundesliga at the time. Gerd Muller teamed up with future stars Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier and they helped the club to go on to become the most successful German club in history. After one season, Bayern Munich advanced to the Bundesliga and started its consecutive successes.

Muller scored 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich and during 15 years of his appearance in the club he earned many titles and trophies some of which including the German Championship four times, the DFB-Pokal four times, the European Champions' Cup three consecutive years (the first West German team to win it; Müller scored in the 1974 final replay and 1975 final), the Intercontinental Cup once, and the European Cup Winners' Cup once.

He also became German top scorer seven times and a European top scorer twice. He holds the single-season Bundesliga record with 40 goals in season 1971–72 which was a very impressive record because unlike other top-flight national leagues, the Bundesliga only has 18 teams and therefore only 34 games per season. Müller averaged a goal per game or better in seven of his 14 seasons. He scored 68 goals in 62 German international games. He held the record for most goals scored in a calendar year, with 85 goals in 1972. This record belonged to Gerd Muller for almost 40 years until it was surpassed by Lionel Messi in 2012.

In 1979 Gerd Muller went to the United States and joined the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League where he had 71 appearances and scored 38 goals.


After one year of playing with West Germany under 23, Gerd Muller joined the 


national team. He played for more than a decade for his country's national team, with 62 appearances and scoring 68 goals. Muller's international career started in 1966 and ended on 7 July 1974.

In his last appearance, he scored the winning goal for the 2–1 victory over Johan Cruyff's Netherlands in the final and Germany won the 1974 World Cup at his home stadium in Munich.

His four goals in that tournament in combination with his ten goals at the 1970 World Cup made him the all-time highest World Cup goalscorer at the time with 14 goals. His record stood until 2006 in which Brazilian striker Ronaldo broke it. Gerd Muller also participated in the 1972 European Championship, becoming the top scorer with four goals and winning the Championship with the West German team.

Gerd Muller honors

Gerd Muller is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players and managers in football history. Gerd Muller entered the professional level of football in 1966 and till the time of his retirement, his prosperous career is a highlighter with several trophy wins.

At club level Gerd Muller could win with Bayern Munich Bundesliga in 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73 and 1973–74, DFB-Pokal in 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69 and 1970–71, Regionalliga Süd in 1964–65, European Cup in 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, European Cup Winners' Cup in 1966–67 and Intercontinental Cup in 1976.

At the International level, Gerd Muller could win with West Germany FIFA World Cup in 1974 and UEFA European Championship in 1972.

Being one of the greatest soccer players in the world, Gerd Muller won so many individual trophies including Ballon d'Or in 1970, Footballer of the Year (Germany) in 1967, 1969, Voted best Player 40 Years Bundesliga 1963–2003, kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season in 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, Bundesliga Top Scorer in 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, European Golden Shoe in 1970, 1972, FIFA World Cup Golden Boot in 1970, FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball in 1970, FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1970, UEFA European Championship Top Scorer in 1972, UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament in 1972, European Cup Top Scorer in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, DFB-Pokal Top Scorer in 1967, 1969, 1971, FIFA Order of Merit in 1998, FIFA 100 in 2004, Golden Foot in 2007, as a football legend, Bravo Otto in Gold award in 1973, 1974; Silver award in 1975; Bronze award in 1972, 1976, IFFHS Legends, Bayern Munich All-time XI.

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