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Germany mourns “Torpedo” Gerd Müller, their goal man

Germany mourns “Torpedo” Gerd Müller, their goal man

Germany mourns the “Torpedo” Gerd Müller, the goal man for Bayern Munich and the national team of the 70s, a scorer with a hard-to-beat effectiveness, who died this Sunday at the age of 75.

As a “tragic, black day” for Bayern and its fans, the club’s president, Herbert Hainer, described this Sunday when officially communicating the news of his death.

«He is one of the great legends of our Bayern. Nobody has surpassed his performance and it will continue to be a page in the history of Bayern and German football for eternity, “said Oliver Kahn, former international and now Chairman of the Board of the Bavarian club.

On the Bayern pedestal there is no shortage of great names who have written their own pages of history. The former goalkeeper Kahn is just one of the chapters, in the midst of dominant figures – and also controversial – such as the «kaiser» Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge or Uli Hoeness.

«He was the best striker of all time. Without him Bayern and the German national team would never have achieved the successful career they have had. The whole of Bavaria mourns this modest man of success, ”summed up Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder.

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The word modesty would not fit any of the aforementioned Bayern greats, except the “Torpedo”. In Müller simplicity, as a person, was combined with the implacable scoring instinct.

He died at the age of 75, with a dementia diagnosed in 1974 that kept him out of public life in the last stage of his existence.

Born in 1945 in Nördlingen, in Bavaria, he joined Bayern in 1964 and marked an entire era at that club, which he left in 1979. As an international for his country he was champion of Europe in 1972 and of the World, two years later.

Müller is associated with the successes of Bayern Munich and the German national team not only in the 1970s, but also with goalscoring records that he has held almost to the end of his life.

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Until a few months ago, it remained the absolute record for goals in a league season (40 goals, in 1971/1972). Last May he was dethroned by current Bayern star forward, Pole Robert Lewandowski, scoring 41.

But for the collective memory of the Bundesliga the “Torpedo” will remain the leading scorer of all time.

Müller played 607 official matches for the Bavarian club and scored 566 goals for the club. Only in league matches did he score 365 goals, which results in his record of maximum shortstop effectiveness.

With the national shirt he played 62 games and his was the goal that the World Cup gave to Germany against the Netherlands, the last he scored as an international.

After winning four leagues with Bayern and four German cups, Müller left his lifelong club to go to the American league to finish his career at the Fort Lauderdale Striker.

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He spent a few years in the United States, already retired. It was a somewhat diffuse stage, the American one, since he tried to start a new life, outside of football, but without finding his way. He opened a restaurant, it didn’t work out. He battled apathy with alcohol, until he finally returned to his country in 1984.

Nor did he adapt there to football inactivity. He played a game as a veteran, but he couldn’t get away from the bottle.

He continued his fight against alcoholism in a clinic in Murnau, 70 kilometers from Munich, on the advice of Uli Hoeness and mediated by some retired Bayern veterans. After therapy, he joined Bayern’s technical teams.

In recent times, with diagnosed dementia, he spent them wrapped up in his world, hardly eating and practically all day lying in bed, according to his wife, Uschi Müller, in an interview with the popular newspaper “Bild”, when he fulfilled the 75 years, last November. EFE (HN)

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