It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 10 years since Thomas Muller made his senior debut for Bayern Munich, but it’s been an incredibly joyous ten years to say the very least; and he’s still going strong! A Bavarian native, Muller quickly became one of the crowd favorites with his unwavering energy, incredible passion, and most importantly, his strong performances on the pitch.
Since making his Bundesliga debut in 2008 in a 2-2 draw vs Hamburg, he’s gone on to score 176 goals and provide 152 assists from 441 appearances across all competitions. Along the way, he collected 7 Bundesliga titles, 4 DFB-Pokals, 4 DFL Supercups, and one Champions League trophy. Additionally, in the 2009/2010 season, he was Bayern’s top scorer with a total of 19 goals, 13 of which came in the Bundesliga. There’s virtually nothing Muller hasn’t accomplished with Bayern, but he continues to give 110% for his boyhood club each and every time he puts on the shirt.
Nicknamed the “raumdeuter,” (space interpreter) Muller’s the type of player that can bring his teammates into the game with the way he moves off the ball, and he’s been so effective at this throughout his career. When he’s not scoring and providing assists, he’s creating dangerous spaces for his teammates to run in to, making an impact whenever he’s on the pitch; omnipresence defined. His versatility makes him useful in a variety of different positions in the attacking third; as center forward, as secondary striker, as an attacking midfielder, or as a right winger—he can make an impact from several positions. At one point last year, Jupp Heynckes referred to his style of play as a from of “effervescence.”
Last February, Bavarian Football Works had done a close analysis on Muller’s effectiveness, and at that point in time, Bayern were scoring 2.76 goals per match in the Bundesliga when Muller was on the pitch vs. only 1.76 when he wasn’t; literally a goal more per match when he was on.
Some of Muller’s best moments for Bayern:
There’s, without a doubt, too many to count on two hands, but let us know what some of your favorite Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich moments are; we’d love to take a little trip down memory lane! Fire away!