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Thomas Müller the record breaker

Thomas Müller has netted five goals at the World Cup so far – and that means a World Cup top scorer has bagged the same number of goals at successive World Cup finals for the first time ever. Müller is also just the third player to score five goals at two tournaments. That was previously achieved by Peru’s Téofila Cubillas (1970 and 1978) and Miroslav Klose (2002 and 2006). The Bayern star is also well-set to become the first top scorer in the history of the competition to defend his title. If he scores at least one goal in the Final at the Maracana, Müller will overtake Columbia’s James Rodriquez (6 goals). With the same number of goals scored it comes down to the number of assists.

Sammer believes Germany will win World Cup

Bayern’s sporting director Matthias Sammer is convinced Germany can lift the World Cup for the fourth time on Sunday following the magnificent seven against Brazil in the World Cup semi-final last night. “A lot has happened. Now I hope the team and our players can finish the job. I’m convinced we’ll win the World Cup,” said Sammer at the official start of pre-season training on Wednesday. The surprising margin of victory over the Seleção made him and the club feel “happy and proud”.

Busy Bayern back to work

The official start to pre-season training not only saw the Bayern pros return to the training ground. That was preceded in the morning by the obligatory medical checks ahead of the new season. Finally, there was an appointment in front of the camera lens at Säbener Strasse. Photos were taken for the fan merchandising catalogue, autograph cards, the yearbook and the FCB Erlebniswelt museum. Representatives of FCB partner Giorgio Armani were also on hand to take fittings for the new made-to-measure suits. At 4 pm CET the chance finally came to get back on the training ground.