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Cooking up soup on-and-off the field: Chef Thomas Müller having fun amidst Germany national team’s struggles

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Do you smellll-(tongue flick)-llll what the raumdeuter is cooking?

Germany Training & Press Conference - UEFA EURO 2012 Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images

Bayern Munich hero Thomas Müller recently took to YouTube to showcase one of his innumerable talents with German celebrity chef Holger Stromberg. The duo cooked a parsley root cream; a vegetable soup famous for its nutritional value and often prepared in winters in Europe, and broadcasted their work from their own home kitchens.

Stromberg and Müller have known each other since their days with the Germany National team. The former, who won his first Michelin star at a young age of 23, was appointed by German Football Association in 2007 and served as the head chef for ten years. The world-renowned chef’s food and his use of a wide variety of spices has always received praise from the players and it is where Stromberg became friends with Bavaria’s gourmet, Müller.

Germany Training & Press Conference - UEFA EURO 2012
“If there was a food crisis, Thomas Müller would be the first to perish”, Stromberg once famously said while describing his friend’s love for food.
Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images

During the live session, Der Raumdeuter took the opportunity to remark on Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus’ recent comments on Bundesliga title fight in spring. “I would like to see even more of these challenges from the competition. That’s the salt in the soup,” the German joked in his usual fashion.

Athletes like Robert Lewandowski and Müller have set themselves apart from the rest due to their inspirational work ethic, and a core emphasis on fitness and nutrition has been one of the driving forces behind their success. A connoisseur of food, Bayern Munich vice-captain has recently developed liking for soups. “I especially like soups in the cold season,” he revealed in his newsletter and went on to mention that the “subject of health and healthy nutrition” has been close to his heart.

The event took place a couple of hours before the kickoff of Germany’s Nations League fixture against Spain. An exposé of Jogi Löw and DFB’s erroneous rebuild was long overdue and La Furia Roja did just that. Luis Enrique’s men hammered six goals past captain Manuel Neuer to show Löw’s men, in the words of another Bayern chef Serge Gnabry, where they stand.

It’s been over a year-and-half since Löw’s infamous axing of Müller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels. Their recall still very much remains a topic of conversation among Deutschland faithful, given the national team’s erratic performances and the veteran trio’s resurgence on the other hand.

During the live stream, the 2014 World Cup winner was asked by a number of viewers on the subject of his comeback to Germany’s side. “I’ve always had a good relationship with Jogi, but haven’t had any contact for a long time,” Müller answered his fans (as captured by German outlet TZ).

After playing a pivotal role in Die Roten coach Hansi Flick’s treble winning campaign, Müller has had a blistering start to this season’s campaign. The attacking-midfielder picked right where he left off, having a hand in 9 goals in seven matches in Bundesliga and overtaking Klaus Augenthaler to become Bayern’s second-most capped player in the process.

While footballing legends Sepp Maier, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lothar Matthäus have been calling for his reinstatement, Müller (and I’m writing this with a great sense of relief!) is in the safe hands of Hansi Flick, far from Jogi’s Löw-ly tactics. The 31-year-old cooked a soup but it’s needless to say that a storm is very much in the works when he takes to the field on Saturday, against Werder Bremen.