Bundesliga Landmark goals
On 28 November 2015, Yunus Malli scored the Bundesliga’s 49,000th goal for 1. FSV Mainz 05 against Eintracht Frankfurt. Statistically, the 50,000th goal will likely come some time in the 2016/17 season, but here is a gallery of Malli’s landmark-goalscoring predecessors…
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Goal no. 1: Timo Konietzka scored the Bundesliga's first-ever goal for Borussia Dortmund against SV Werder Bremen on 24 August 1963. The goal fell in the first minute of the game, too quickly to be caught by any camera frames sadly.
Goal no. 1,000: This landmark goal was scored by an FC Schalke 04 player - Werner Grau - in a 6-2 Revierderby defeat against Dortmund on 26 September 1964.
Goal no. 5,000: This one was scored by Günter Netzer, a legend of the German game, in a Rhineland derby and a 4-1 win for his beloved Borussia Mönchengladbach against 1. FC Köln on 18 January 1969.
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Goal no. 10,000: VfB Stuttgart’s Hans 'Buffy' Ettmayer (l.) scored the 10,000th Bundesliga goal on 26 January 1974 in a 3-1 victory over Frankfurt.
Goal no. 15,000: Klaus Fichtel is well-known for playing in the Bundesliga up until the age of 43, but he also netted the 15,000th Bundesliga goal for Schalke in another Revierderby against BVB. This game on 25 November 1978 ended 5-1 to the Royal Blues.
Goal no. 20,000: Another Stuttgart player makes this list in the form of Kurt Niedermayer (2nd l.), who scored against Köln on 1 October 1983.
Goal no. 25,000: Frank Mill may be better known for one of the most famous misses in Bundesliga history, but he did score the league’s 25,000th goal as well, in a 3-0 win for Dortmund against SV Waldhof Mannheim on 10 September 1988. © imago / WEREK
Goal no. 30,000: Russian midfielder Alexander Borodjuk only scored two league goals in his one season at SC Freiburg, but one of them happened to be the Bundesliga’s 30,000th, in a 3-2 defeat at Bremen on 6 April 1994. © imago
Goal no. 35,000: This goal belongs to Stefan Beinlich (r.) of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who bagged it in a 3-0 win over MSV Duisburg on 5 February 2000. © imago
Goal no. 40,000: Thomas Broich was once one of the biggest emerging talents in German football, and he affirmed that reputation with a stunning strike for Borussia Mönchengladbach in a 2-1 win against Bremen on 20 September 2005.
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Goal no. 45,000: This most recent landmark goal was scored by former Germany international Cacau, who beat TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s Tom Starke to score for Stuttgart on 20 September 2011.
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