Dieter Müller

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Dieter Müller
Personal information
Birth name Dieter Kaster
Date of birth (1954-04-01) 1 April 1954 (age 64)
Place of birth Offenbach, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1964–1969 SG Götzenhain
1969–1972 Kickers Offenbach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Kickers Offenbach 2 (0)
1973–1981 1. FC Köln 248 (159)
1981–1982 VfB Stuttgart 30 (14)
1982–1985 Girondins Bordeaux 93 (43)
1985 Grasshopper Club Zürich 7 (3)
1985–1986 1. FC Saarbrücken 23 (4)
1986–1989 Kickers Offenbach 51 (26)
Total 454 (249)
National team
1973–1974 West Germany Amateur 6 (2)
1975–1981 West Germany B 6 (6)
1976–1978 West Germany 12 (9)
Teams managed
2000 Kickers Offenbach (joint with Oliver Roth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dieter Müller (born Dieter Kaster on 1 April 1954) is a German former footballer who played as a forward. He achieved his greatest success playing for 1. FC Köln in the Bundesliga in the late 1970s. He scored 177 goals in 303 games in the German league[1], including 6 goals in one game in August 1977, a record that still stands. He also played 12 times for West Germany from 1976 to 1978, scoring 9 goals[2].

Career[edit]

Müller played and scored in the UEFA Euro 1976 final, which West Germany lost on penalties to Czechoslovakia. He was again in the national team in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, though the campaign ended in disappointment when West Germany, the defending champions, did not qualify for the tournament's later stages. In his spell with 1. FC Köln he set a record for the most goals scored by a player in a single Bundesliga match. On 17 August 1977, he tallied six goals (scoring in the 12th, 23rd, 32nd, 52nd, 73rd and in the 85th minute) in Köln's 7–2 victory over Werder Bremen in front of a crowd of 19,000 at Köln's Müngersdorfer Stadion.[3] However, since television cameramen were on strike on that day, there are no known film of Müller's goals. He was crowned Bundesliga topscorer that season (24 goals in 33 games), as he had the season before (34 goals in 34 appearances).

After he left Köln, he played for several seasons in France and Switzerland, before returning to West Germany.

Müller is the son of Heinz Kaster, who played as a defender for FC St. Pauli and Kickers Offenbach in the early 1950s. The striker had already been a schoolboy international, when his stepfather's adoption turned his surname into Müller.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Germany League
1972–73 Kickers Offenbach Bundesliga 2 0
1973–74 1. FC Köln 31 17
1974–75 34 24
1975–76 19 14
1976–77 34 34
1977–78 33 24
1978–79 29 8
1979–80 34 21
1980–81 34 17
1981–82 VfB Stuttgart 30 14
France League
1982–83 Girondins Bordeaux Division 1 29 17
1983–84 28 14
1984–85 36 12
Switzerland League
1985–86 Grasshopper Zürich Super League 7 3
Germany League
1985–86 1. FC Saarbrücken Bundesliga 23 4
Germany League
1986–87 Kickers Offenbach 0 0
1987–88 2. Bundesliga 24 16
1988–89 27 10
1989–90 0 0
Country Germany 354 203
France 93 43
Switzerland 7 3
Total 454 249

Personal life[edit]

He was struck by a family tragedy. His son Alexander, aged 16, died of a brain tumor in 1997.

Müller suffered a severe heart attack on 5 October 2012 and fell into a five-day coma.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (1 October 2015). "Dieter Müller - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (1 October 2015). "Dieter Müller - Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Die meisten Tore eines Spielers pro Spiel" [The most goals by a player in a DFB-Pokal] (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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