Thomas Mueller Profile
|Born||Sep 13, 1989|
|Birthplace||Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany|
Thomas Mueller, known for his exceptional teamwork and work-rate, as well as being a great goal scorer and goal creator, is one of the most complete attacking players in football.
Thomas Mueller is a German professional soccer player who plays for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and the Germany national team.
Having been at Bayern Munich since he was 11, Mueller has won more trophies than any other player in German history.
He was part of the Germany side which won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and has played a major role in treble-winning seasons at Bayern Munich in 2012/13 and 2019/20.
Bayern Munich's star man
Mueller joined Bayern Munich from TSV Pahl in 2000 and made his first team breakthrough in 2008. Jurgen Klinsmann was the Bayern coach who introduced him to the fold.
In February 2009, Mueller signed his maiden first team contract with the club, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal starting in the 2009/10 season.
Mueller was prepared to be loaned or transferred out of the Bayern Munich side in order to gain regular first team soccer, but after Louis van Gaal was appointed as Klinsmann's replacement, he became a regular in the team.
He played all 34 of Bayern's Bundesliga matches in the 2009/10 season, starting 29, and picking up 13 goals and 11 assists. Bayern won the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal, but lost the UEFA Champions League final 2-0 to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.
Mueller's contribution to the team remained impressive in subsequent campaigns, but Bayern were beaten to the 2010/11 Bundesliga title by Borussia Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp's side beat Bayern to the title once again in 2011/12, also beating them in the final of the DFB-Pokal. At the Allianz Arena, Bayern lost the UEFA Champions League final on penalties to Chelsea after a 1-1 draw.
Jupp Heynckes stayed on as manager for another season and it was a hugely successful one. Bayern Munich won the treble in 2012/13 - the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the UEFA Champions League. They beat Dortmund 2-1 in the final of the Champions League at Wembley Stadium. Mueller was instrumental once again and started the final.
Pep Guardiola took over from Heynckes as Bayern Munich manager and the club won the next three Bundesliga titles under him, as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2013/14 and 2015/16.
Mueller's consistency was remarkable and the 2015/16 season was particularly fruitful in terms of goals scored with 32 goals in 49 appearances.
Carlo Ancelotti took over from Guardiola and won the 2016/17 Bundesliga. However, he was sacked following a poor start to the 2017/18 season. After a brief period with Willy Sagnol at the helm, Heynckes came in and steered Bayern to yet another league title.
Niko Kovac, his replacement, won the league title in 2018/19, but the next truly successful season for Bayern was in 2019/20. Early in the season, Kovac made way for Hans-Dieter Flick after a poor start to the season. Flick led Bayern to the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal treble once again. They retained their Bundesliga title in 2020/21.
Mueller remained a central part of the team under all managers and has made over 40 appearances in every season since 2009/10.
However, under Kovac, there was a time when Mueller had to fight for his place. With Philippe Coutinho having arrived at the club, Kovac feared that the two could not play together given that both play similar attacking roles.
"That would be too attacking," Kovac said when asked if Mueller could play alongside Coutinho, as quoted by Goal. "Both players have their own qualities getting forward, but we need a good balance. I haven't ruled it out altogether, but at the moment it's not an option."
When Louis van Gaal was at Manchester United, he attempted to bring Mueller to the Red Devils, but was unable to complete the deal.
"I wanted Robert Lewandowski, but when this proved difficult I tried to get Gonzalo Higuain instead," Van Gaal told FourFourTwo. "Before I had arrived, I also spoke with the board about Neymar. If you are at United, you have to think big. He was also interesting for the club in terms of selling shirts, and I wanted to have quick wingers.
"For that reason, I also tried to get Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez. Thomas Mueller was on my wish list, too, and in central midfield, I wanted N'golo Kante. I even tried to sign James Milner, who was already quite old but very multifunctional and possessed leadership skills."
World champion with Germany
Mueller played for Germany at U-16, U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels. He made his senior international breakthrough in 2010.
Mueller was the joint-top goalscorer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and picked up the Golden Boot, having also provided three assists.
Germany finished third at the World Cup, losing 1-0 to eventual champions Spain in the semi-finals, but beating Uruguay 3-2 in the third-place play-off.
At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Mueller and Germany finally came good as they won the tournament, famously beating the host nation 7-1 in the semi-finals before a 1-0 win over Argentina in extra time in the final thanks to Mario Gotze's strike.
Mueller received the Silver Boot as the tournament's second top goalscorer, having once again scored five goals across the duration of the World Cup tournament.
Mueller enjoyed a successful run in qualification for Euro 2016, but he had a forgettable tournament as Germany were eliminated in the semi-finals by host nation France with the Bayern Munich star failing to score a single goal.
Mueller was part of Germany's side in their ill-fated 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia. The team was eliminated in the group stage and Mueller was subsequently dropped from the national team.
However, Joachim Low recalled ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament after Mueller produced a fine season for Bayern Munich in which he Müller has registered 18 assists and 11 goals in the Bundesliga.
"A successful tournament is extremely important for German soccer, for the whole nation," Joachim Low told the press.
"That's why we decided to bring Thomas Mueller back. [He is] respected and accepted by the younger players because of great performances and vast experience. So from that point of view it was the right time."
It was, however, not a happy tournament for Mueller. Although he started every match for Germany he was unable to get himself a goal.
He also missed a guilt-edged chance to equalise late in the game as Germany lost to England in the round of 16.
"That was it, that one moment that sticks in your mind and keeps you awake at night," Mueller said of the chance afterwards.
"The kind of moment you work for, train for, live for. The moment where it falls on you to get your team back on level terms in a tight knockout game and send an entire football nation into ecstasy.
"To have this opportunity and then waste it hurts like hell.
"It hurts to think about the whole team, my teammates and our coach, who all put their trust in me to be there and deliver at exactly that moment.
"But most of all, it hurts because of all the Germany fans out there who stood by us and supported us throughout this tournament, despite the difficult circumstances."
Mueller reportedly married wife Lisa in 2009 and the pair share a love of horses.
Thomas Mueller's net worth
According to Salary Sport, Mueller earns £263,000 per week from Bayern Munich.
Thomas Mueller News
- Jun 29, 2021