Gerd Müller - "Der Bomber" is the most
prolific striker in World Cup history with a record of
14 goals from two tournaments. Gerhard Müller was
born in November 1945 at Nördlingen, and began with
his local club before joining Bayern Munich and
helping them into the Bundesliga in 1965, only a
season after signing.
His international debut was in October 1966 against
Turkey, West Germany's first match after the defeat in
the 1966 final against England. By the 1970 World Cup
he was averaging around a goal for every international
appearance and then hit ten in six matches, including
successive hat-tricks, as the Germans reached the
semi-finals. Müller scored four goals in the 1974
finals, including the winner in the final against
Holland, which infact was his last international.
He helped Bayern to many domestic and European honours,
was European Footballer Of The Year in 1970 and twice
won the Golden Boot, scoring 365 goals in 628 senior
games over all, including 68 in only 62 internationals
to pass Uwe Seeler's record. He never fully recovered
from injury in 1978 and finished his career with Fort
Lauderdale in the NASL, scoring 38 goals in 75 season
games in three years.