Created on 02-11-2010 at 00:00 AM
No reception, no speeches, no fuss - Der Bomber will celebrate his 65th birthday in peace and quiet. Gerd Müller does not want any fanfares, even if his life is still wrapped up with football and FC Bayern. The relationship between the Reds and Gerd Müller goes back over 40 years - and Germany’s record goalscorer is currently assistant coach of the Bayern reserves in the third division.
The birthday boy has opted to stay in Munich and celebrate the big day with a small group of friends rather than travel to Romania to watch Bayern take on CFR Cluj in the Champions League group game. At 11.30 this morning he was on the training ground alongside Hermann Gerland as the duo worked with the Bayern reserves.
No success without Müller
Müller has no intention of retiring at 65 - and he doesn’t have to. “Gerd can work for as long as he wants. He doesn’t need a contract. As long as he wants to come to the training ground then he can work for us,” declared club president Uli Hoeneß as he commented on his old friend’s birthday: “It’s great that Gerd can celebrate his 65th birthday here at the club.”
Gerd Müller was born on 3 November 1945 in Nördlingen in Bavaria. He went on to make the penalty box his workplace. His stats are exemplary and he had a unique and legendary instinct for scoring goals. The ultimate recognition came from his erstwhile, and even greater, team-mate Franz Beckenbauer. “All our successes would not have been possible without him. We owe him everything,” said the Kaiser.