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Bayern Munich legend Gerd Müller has passed away

One of the all-time-greats of the beautiful game has passed away. Rest in peace, Bomber.

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The Bayern Munich community has been shocked today by the news that Gerd Müller, the man famed as “Der Bomber” has passed away at the age of 75. He originally joined the club in the summer of 1964 and won the Intercontinental Cup, three European Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup, in addition to numerous Bundesliga and DFB Pokal titles. Known as one of the most lethal goalscorers in history, Der Bomber will forever be remembered as a legend by fans of the sport.

Club President Herbert Hainer paid his respects to the club legend, saying: “Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans. Gerd Müller was the greatest striker there’s ever been, and a fine person and character of world football. We’re all united in deep mourning with his wife Uschi as well as his family. FC Bayern wouldn’t be the club we all love today without Gerd Müller. His name and memory will live on forever.”

Club CEO Oliver Kahn also spoke about the news, saying: “The news of Gerd Müller’s death deeply saddens us all. He’s one of the greatest legends in the history of FC Bayern, his achievements are unrivalled to this day and will forever be a part of the great history of FC Bayern and all of German football. As a player and a person, Gerd Müller stands for FC Bayern and its development into one of the biggest clubs in the world like no other. Gerd will forever be in our hearts.”

On a personal note, as someone who is way too young to remember the days of Müller’s prime, his passing still effects me deeply. Müller has always been a part of my Bayern fandom, existing as a titan of the past whose feats have taken on a near-mythical status. It wasn’t that long ago when we were waiting to see if Robert Lewandowski could break the fabled “Müller Record” of scoring 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season, showing how his achievements were still looming large decades after his retirement.

Having recently lost a grandparent to Alzheimer’s myself, I know what Müller’s family must be going through. I wish all the best to them in this difficult time and hope they find peace. All Bayern fans are united in mourning for a legend today.