In bundesliga.com’s Advent calendar competition, we are offering you the chance to win one of over 240 brilliant prizes, including signed shirts and other Bundesliga memorabilia. All you need to do is watch a video clip and decide if the player in question scored a goal or not. Simple!
On day one of the competition, it is fitting that we begin with the greatest goalscorer in the league’s 52-year history: Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Müller.
Born in the Bavarian town of Nördlingen in 1945, Müller went on to become a European Champion and FIFA World Cup winner with Germany, as well as the Bundesliga’s all-time record goalscorer, netting 365 times in 427 matches between 1964 and 1979. In the words of Bayern legend Paul Breitner, Müller was and is "the most important player in the club’s history", but did you also know the following about the 70-year-old?
- Müller’s favourite opposition was Hamburger SV, against whom he scored 22 league goals.
- Until 2014, Müller was the only player to have been recognised with the Goal of the Year award without actually having scored the goal. It was his sumptuous back-heel that was finished off by Günter Netzer in a game for Germany against Switzerland on 15 November 1972, for which the two players were jointly awarded the prize. Julian Draxler and Raul were recognised in the same way for their goal for FC Schalke 04 in a testimonial game in 2013.
- Müller never received a call-up for any of Germany’s national youth teams, despite going on to score 68 goals in 62 matches for the senior side. He remained Germany’s record goalscorer until he was overtaken by Miroslav Klose in June 2014.