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Name Thomas Muller
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc The Raumdeuter is probably deserving of his own position. He’s been directly involved in at least 25 goals in every season of his senior career. Perhaps most important of all, however, is that he does a fantastic Kermit the Frog impression

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich

2013 08 24 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller on Bayern’s Munich’s forthcoming reunion with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup] We still have a score to settle. We can’t make the Champions League final defeat disappear, but we will try and win this title with vengeance

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Despite Bayern Munich’s compelling evidence to the contrary, Thomas Muller insists that playing the Blaugrana is always a painful experience] Nobody likes to play against Barca, except masochists

2014 12 20 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller on Playing for Bayern] Playing for Bayern is nothing like women’s ballet – no offence to women’s ballet! It’s worth getting a black eye to score a goal for Bayern

2015 01 17 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller on Bayern Munich] It is often more difficult to win against our [opposing team in] training than against a team in the Bundesliga

2015 04 25 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller before Bayern 6-1 Porto!] We must avoid kamikaze tactics

2016 03 19 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller reveals the harsh words used by manager Pep Guardiola to his team during their 4-2 extra-time victory over Juventus in the last-16 of the Champions League] He told us that he’d cut our balls off. Of course, there are a lot of emotions. I wouldn’t be any different as a coach. We wanted to play for the third goal, because we still had energy left in us

2016 07 16 Retrieve

[World Cup winner Thomas Muller insists on taking the positives despite Germany’s EURO heartache] Everyone saw the Euros, we were close but in the semi-final it just didn’t work out. But you need to take the positives with you to the future, get new motivation from it. I’m just happy we can breathe now

2017 07 08 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller praises his German countrymen for their triumph at the Confederations Cup] They travelled to Russia and came together to form a team. This shows that we have a reservoir of incredible players

2017 08 29 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller vents his frustration at being dropped to the Bayern Munich bench] I don’t know exactly which qualities the coach wants to see, but mine seem not to be 100 per cent in demand

2018 05 02 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane says it was better for Real Madrid to suffer in win over Bayern] We gifted a goal and you cannot have it happen twice in a semi-final like this. We lacked a lot of luck, especially in the box. We should not be ashamed but it hurts a lot to have missed the chance. We invested so much and there are so many guys who deserve to play in a final

2018 06 09 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller feels world champions Germany have improved since their triumph at Brazil 2014] Individually, without a doubt [we are better]. But football has developed considerably. Other countries have also come on leaps and bounds and their players have become much more technically refined. Comparing different generations doesn’t often get you anywhere. You simply have to keep up with the development of the sport, and in that sense, we’re ready. We are world champions, we have several players at the peak of their powers. We are looking forward to the tournament

2019 04 04 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller was central to Bayern’s comeback against second-tier Heidenheim, scoring to make it 2-2 before setting up Robert Lewandowski to put Bayern in front, although the Poland striker still had to convert a late penalty to settle matters] Conceding four goals at home is too much. But for us it’s going to be important to improve where we made mistakes and be better on Saturday.

Offensively we can continue like this, but defensively, the whole team has to improve and we have to grow with the challenge. Another thing that was off today was that we probably thought we could just easily continue like this, but in the cup, that can’t happen.

I am still a bit overwhelmed after the game. It’s maybe a bit easier for you to analyse the game than a player who was on the pitch. It was a ‘crazy thing’. Many things happened that we didn’t like and that should bother us

2019 04 20 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller talks about the Bundesliga title race] We are hungry, we want to win the championship. It is necessary to score goals to win the games. We are confident in this moment right now. We need the points. Dortmund is a tough competitor. We know what to do but we are hungry. [Growls]

2019 09 19 Retrieve

[Muller came off the bench to make a club record 106th appearance in the Champions League for Bayern, but he played down its significance] Such game records are something for after the career, and I’m not going to give up my shoes up in the near future, so it’s not that important.

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Muller opens door to Bayern Munich exit: I’ll have to think about my situation] When I heard about that statement of course I was surprised. But I’m not sensitive with such things. I already had a chat with the manager and for me everything’s okay now. Of course the new signings increased the competition in my best position but that’s not the problem. That’s not what it’s all about. A manager has to make difficult decisions ahead of every game. But in the recent five games there has been a trend that doesn’t make me happy. If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[While the Bayern chief’s claims may have dampened the speculation for now of an imminent move for Muller, the player himself only heightened those rumours earlier this week by stating he is not content with a substitute’s role] If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Niko Kovac accepts he made a mistake with comments that suggested Thomas Muller would be left on the fringes of the first team. Kovac claims to have already spoken to Muller in private to clarify his comments] When I heard about that statement of course I was surprised. But I’m not sensitive with such things. I already had a chat with the manager and for me everything’s okay now. Of course the new signings increased the competition in my best position but that’s not the problem. That’s not what it’s all about. A manager has to make difficult decisions ahead of every game. But in the recent five games there has been a trend that doesn’t make me happy. If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Muller admitted this month that he is unhappy with his situation and suggested he could leave the club amid reports Manchester United and Intermilan want to sign him] If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac questioned his side’s attitude after they needed a stroke of luck to edge past second-tier strugglers Bochum 2-1 in the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday] It’s a real joy to score the winning goal in a knockout game. It was a big relief. But with the big picture we cannot be happy. It doesn’t help to speak and speak and speak

2019 11 01 Retrieve

[A run of games on the bench led to Muller expressing his frustration] Of course the new signings increased the competition in my best position but that’s not the problem. That’s not what it’s all about. A manager has to make difficult decisions ahead of every game. But in the recent five games there has been a trend that doesn’t make me happy. If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Pochettino not an option for Bayern Munich with Flick set to see out the season] The coach puts forward a plan that we stick to. As a result, we have some stability on the pitch because we know what the players around us are doing

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[As Bayern enjoyed 71 percent possession and peppered the Belgrade goal with 29 shots] He (Lewandowski) gets a lot of chances if we play like this

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Muller, who had never previously lost a Bundesliga match for Bayern in which he had scored, felt the hosts should have come away with all three points] If we had won the game 3-2, 4-2 or 5-3, nobody can say it wasn’t earned. Today we met an opponent who had a lot of speed and were very efficient, especially in the first half

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Muller follows Schweinsteiger in winning prestigious Bavarian Order of Merit] It’s a huge honor, I did not expect it. I am very close to the Bavarian state and my home country. The Bavarians are a mixture of proud personalities and people who do not forget their neighbour and their humor. I try to remain the same Thomas Muller as I have been for the last 30 years

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller says Bayern Munich are eager to make it six wins from six in the group stage] We want to recapture the feeling of winning so we can reap the reward for all the hard work we are putting in, and the hard work we did put in in the past two games despite the defeats. I think we can all agree the performances were pretty decent in the last two games that we lost. We need the reward now and we want to take the confidence into the Bundesliga

The fact we need his goals is clear. He will keep scoring goals. He has huge quality. Of course, we would benefit from more options, more potential scorers, more people who can score, who want to score, who regularly score, and so that’s a challenge for the other attacking players, including me. We have to step up and take responsibility

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Champions League record breakers but a disaster on the home front - inside Bayern Munich’s topsy-turvy season] We’re greedy up front. Of course, that entails a certain risk. But we want to make things as difficult for the opponent as possible, so we can have good and controlled offensive actions

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Muller confident Bayern Munich can get Champions League revenge against Chelsea] It’s clear that you’re not going to get any small teams in the Champions League last 16. We’re fairly confident. I’m feeling good about the draw. Chelsea have players who can hurt us, though. They have individuals in attack whose qualities are well-known. But it’s about the team performance, not individuals. My good feeling is based on us feeling very happy as a team at the moment. We want to be the favourites and justify that

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Bayern wary of Chelsea youngsters] Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic have qualities but football is not about individuals, it’s about team performance. We are relatively confident, I feel pretty good with the draw.

2020 01 13 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller keeping an open mind about Bayern Munich future] My focus is exclusively on being successful this season. What will happen in the summer, I will talk to the club and consider my options. Then let’s see in which direction things will go

[On the possibility of bringing the exit talk to a close by signing a new deal] With such a thing, all parties have to put their arguments in the pot. Let’s see if you can make an agreement there. You just have to compare what all parties want

[Muller’s focus is locked on helping Bayern to cement their domestic dominance] We are absolutely convinced of ourselves. I think we have the highest quality in the Bundesliga in our squad. We have the most experience in title battles, but we are four points behind. Our aim is to make up these four points. The goal is therefore very clear: We want to become German champions!

[Muller admits that he would welcome the arrival of fresh faces] Everything is possible there. We have the highest goals, so we have to face the situation. But the club will deal with all of that. We on the pitch have to do everything we can to get the results

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Assist king Thomas Muller more important than ever for Bayern Munich] If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do tha

[After New Coach Hansi Flick trusts him a leader] For me personally, there was a period when I was absolutely not satisfied. It’s not a problem to sit on the bench. But I think I started on the bench six times in a row. That wasn’t an easy time. But all in all, it was a good half year for me, because I was tested. And I feel I did well to pass this test. That’s why I’ve come out of this situation stronger and with quite a bit of confidence

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Muller suggests Bayern Munich win against Schalke were motivated by RB Leipzig’s defeat] After the Leipzig result, we might have had a little more. Usually, there is only the 100 per cent - today there was maybe two or three per cent on top. Like against Dortmund [a 4-0 home win in November], we didn’t want to give Schalke space. We are very happy with the game. We played well as a team

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller says No other dribblers in the Bundesliga have Sancho’s outstanding decision-making skills] Jadon Sancho from BVB is great. He manages to create dangerous situations with his technique, his speed, his dribbling. There are other dribblers with similar qualities in the Bundesliga, but they don’t have this outstanding decision-making

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller cannot help but admire Bayern Munich’s biggest rival’s star player] Jadon Sancho from BVB is great. He manages to create dangerous situations with his technique, his speed, his dribbling. There are other dribblers with similar qualities in the Bundesliga, but they don’t have this outstanding decision-making

2020 02 09 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller ‘not interested’ in Germany call-up after Joachim Low dismisses talk of return] I’m not interested in it at all. I care about this team [Bayern] and winning trophies with them, ideally three. There was a lot in it but there was also nothing in it. We missed making this game our game. We started well but didn’t turn our chances into goals. The problem was that both teams can live a bit with the 0-0 draw. It’s annoying that we also wanted to live with the 0-0. From the 70th minute, none of the teams wanted to take the big risk. We knew that Leipzig’s game was the transition game. That’s why we made the game a bit slow, but it also inhibited us. It’s OK. But I can only go to bed satisfied if we win

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller jokes about bringing winger back for more Schalke magic] Of course Schalke are a team that have shown this year that they can be competitive. They know what to do - especially in cup matches. Away at Schalke, my mind goes back to quite a while ago. I remember Arjen Robben’s goal: an amazing solo run down the pitch, before scoring to make it 1-0 in extra time. Arjen doesn’t play for us anymore, but maybe we’ll give him a call and bring him back from retirement!

In Leipzig and Dortmund, two hot favourites have already been eliminated. I think no matter who we would have drawn in the quarters, we would go into the game as favourites. I would have preferred to play at home, but we are to play away. But despite that we’ll still be favourites against any opponents. Regardless if we play at home or on the road

They are good opponents. In the cup it’s quite a different prospect. It’ll not be easy for us. Personally, I’m always happy to go back to Gelsenkirchen. I’m looking forward to the game

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller on his side’s goalless draw with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga] There was a lot in it but at the same time, there was nothing in it

2020 02 23 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller thinks his Bayern Munich team have nothing to fear from Chelsea] You’d think you would have seen all the great European stadiums after more than 100 Champions League games, but I have never played at Stamford Bridge and I’m really looking forward it. Chelsea have young, talented players and a quality team that can really hurt you. We need to be well-prepared for their particular strengths. But they’re not the best team in Europe right now and we don’t need to be afraid. I’m confident

Not from that game but he was a super player. He played practical football. Technically very good, super shooting technique, super with long balls - a midfielder who could work and be dangerous in front of goal at the same time. He simply knew: these are the things you need to do to win football matches. He was a player I can really relate to.

It was the most electrifying moment of my life. It was unbelievable. There’s a difference between scoring a goal and scoring a decisive goal. That goal was salvation, a huge release. The whole stadium exploded. Everyone had waited for us get the ball into the net for the entire game. It wasn’t the most beautiful of goals but the moment itself was unforgettable. The fact that we won the trophy in 2013 has lessened the pain. 2012 was a big reason we won it in 2013

2020 02 23b Retrieve

[Muller says Bayern contract will be decided in the summer] There will probably be a decision one way or another about my contract in the summer. We will see. No-one picks the team according to the loudest cheers from supporters. I don’t like it when someone says the club need me because of all those other factors, I don’t want to be in the team because of that. For me, it’s all about football and performance. No-one deserves to be in a team because they’re maybe more recognisable as a face and good for marketing. That’s all good and well but you have to earn your place. If I felt I could no longer help the team and they played better without me, then that’s how it is. It’s all about FC Bayern winning

That’s also fine. You could see that as a message. But I knew that could happen when I signed my contract. There’s always competition at FC Bayern and at other top clubs. Competition is never a problem. The club and the coach make their decisions. Your job as a player is to deal with them

Things were serious when Louis van Gaal came in [in 2015], for all sides involved. I could imagine going to Man Utd then. But the club said: ‘We want you to stay’. I wasn’t out of contract, that’s why it was pretty clear-cut in the end. But it wasn’t just a poker game

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller happy Serge Gnabry struggled at Arsenal] I’m happy he is scoring so much in London now and not five years ago, because if that were the case he probably wouldn’t be with us now!

I certainly do [enjoy coming back to London]. I have a lot of friends here. A lot of them were in the stands tonight and I think they were giving me good power. Three goals should give us a lot of confidence. We need to be prepared for the second leg and we can’t take it serious enough. It’s still open but I think we have a good advantage.

I think we knew we had to be patient. We had the game under control in the first half I think we had a couple of chances with Lewa and Thomas and didn’t take them. But knowing we have to be patient and that we’d get our chances and in the end we took them. We saw last season with Liverpool beating Barcelona, we know we have to be careful and focus.

I think we put a lot of pressure on Chelsea, we took our chances very well. We got ourselves two goals in front; I scored twice, and then [Robert Lewandowski] bagged one for himself

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller admitted Bayern Munich failed to show their killer mentality in Sunday’s 2-0 Bundesliga win over Augsburg] We have missed the killer mentality. That coldness that has characterised us in the past few weeks. This is not the feeling we want to have. We played the more compelling football and had significantly more chances. But goalkeeper Manuel Neuer we owe thanks for it not being 1-1 in the 85th minute. Of course, we are complaining after playing a very high level. It’s a matter of getting us back on track physically and mentally. We have to take a deep breath this week and give it another push

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Muller signs new Bayern Munich contract through to 2023] Both sides signed with a really good feeling. I’m sure that once we’re playing again, we’ll continue to be very successful. That spurs me on. For me, the No.1 priority was to extend at FC Bayern - and the club felt the same way. I’ve been with FC Bayern for a good two-thirds of my life now, so you can’t say that the club and I are just along for the ride - we fight for each other. This club is not just any old employer for me. It’s my passion. I’m happy that I’ll be here for two extra years, and I’ll give everything on and off the pitch

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Newly-extended Muller considered leaving Bayern under Kovac] In autumn, I was left out of the starting 11 for six games in a row. It was difficult. Of course, it made me think. Emotionally, it was very tense back then. I wasn’t necessarily thinking that I would be extending my contract in the spring. With the change of coach and different playing style, everything has developed positively. Not only have I been playing more, but I’ve also been able to put my stamp on our games again

We try to stick to what is specified from above. I don’t know what is specified and restricted in other areas.

We have to fit into the overall structure. I don’t know if football has a special position

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller has selected former Bundesliga veteran Maik Franz as his toughest ever opponent] When I was very young I had a lot of respect for Maik Franz. In one of my first seasons he came in for a one-on-one tackle near the halfway line at the Allianz Arena – I thought he was going to crack me. That’s why I jumped up and fell down even though he pulled away. In fact, it was a dive, but an unintentional one. Actually, it was a lifesaver

It was a very intense game. We were under a lot of pressure with the story from last year. The danger of becoming the big losers was huge at the time. We would have lost three Champions League finals within four years. So the best moment was when the referee blew the whistle. We were dead.

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller on the Bundesliga’s return] There was a tingling sensation because it was starting again

2020 05 23b Retrieve

[Muller, who registered his 17th assist and seventh goal of the Bundesliga season, acknowledged Hinteregger is a significant threat from dead balls but felt Bayern should have been more alert] You never know how to get into games without fans, but I still expect us to go to the maximum. Martin Hinteregger is a very good player in set-piece situations, but if the ball comes in and no one feels responsible for it, of course we have to talk about it. We have made it our goal to have three victories this week. This is a very crucial week for us. We are marching, Dortmund are marching, we can look forward to Tuesday. We want to bring the championship to Munich, where it belongs

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Muller hails Alphonso Davies’s blistering pace] Alphonso is a player with a lot of heart and with a lot of power, with extreme power. Sometimes maybe he’s not in the best position on the field but he gets the opponent when he thinks ‘oh I have time, I have time’ and then meep meep, meep meep! The FC Bayern Road Runner comes and steals the ball

[The 30-year-old also reserved praise for Kimmich] Joshua did this chip. I think it was a long hang time of the ball but I had a good feeling from the first moment because Roman Burki is a great keeper, but one of his strengths is that he’s maybe one or two steps outside of his goal because maybe he [doesn’t have] the longest arms, so with this one or two steps in front he tried to have a better angle and Joshua saw that and it was a beautiful goal

The rest of the game [after Kimmich’s goal] was missed chances but a lot of work and a lot of passion. We talked a lot from Saturday to now that this game is maybe the most important game in the next weeks and maybe the decider, and we won it so it’s a great feeling. We have to go forward but I think it looks better than before. I think as a team we did a great performance, maybe with the ball not our best but with the heart, that’s the most important thing

2020 05 30 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller on Alphonso Davies] He gets the opponent thinking, ‘I have time’ and then meep meep meep! The roadrunner, the FC Bayern roadrunner comes ahead and steals the ball

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Thomas Muller has suggested he would rather play with Bayern Munich colleague Robert Lewandowski than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo] Maybe in my past years I would like to play with Leo Messi, because in the first six or seven years of my career, I was more the receiving striker. I got the ball in the box and tried to score. In the moment right now, in my very good shape at the moment, I assist many goals. Maybe now I need more a Cristiano Ronaldo to score the goals, but we at Bayern have Robert ‘Lewan-goal-ski’! I think maybe right now he is the better option than Cristiano. I played against both [Messi and Ronaldo], I won against both, I lost against both. They are very, very good, they are special, they are not like normal very good players in the world of football. They are outstanding because they play always at the limit. Always, their whole 10 years, they score 50 goals each year. That’s crazy. On my way to the World Cup, we won with Germany against both. On my way to several Champions League finals, we won against both. Every football player needs also the team, and that’s why we love football so much.

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Muller admits Bayern stay was in doubt as he seeks to explain longevity in Munich] You need the quality, the attitude, the strength and you just have to deliver on the pitch. Without all that it’s not possible to play for FC Bayern for as long as I do. You simply have to perform. The club signs a player because they hope to achieve their goals with him. Ten months ago, the situation was quite different. Who knows if we would have extended my contract to 2023 then. In the footballing business, but also in everyday life, there are often only subtle differences between different decisions

[Asked to pick out his best position] I prefer to play right behind our top striker, Robert Lewandowski. From there I can also get into the open spaces on the edges. I don’t act as a static ball distributor, I’m always on the prowl. But I’m also more than just a ‘Raumdeuter’. My skills on the ball are also very good. But of course, my great strength is making runs with the right timing

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Muller talks up Havertz to Bayern Munich] In my last appointments for the national team, I always enjoyed training and playing with him [Havertz]. He is a very good player, if not the best player of his age group in Europe at the moment. His skills are exceptional. Of course, we always want the best players at Bayern

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Muller backtracks over Bayern-Havertz transfer rumour comments] At FC Bayern there is no internal dispute over the waiver of salaries with regard to possible transfers in summer. We have waived our salary for completely different reasons, namely for our employees. My statement related to the fact that I was annoyed that I was asked about transfers next season after a cup semi-final. It is pretended that these top transfers - which we absolutely need - can be managed with a snap of your fingers. As if 100 or 50 million euros are not (big) sums in these times we are in right now. Personally, I want the best possible squad for me next season. I have big goals, I want to win the Champions League . I want us to attack properly, to continue this run that we currently have. I (will) no longer speak publicly about transfers. Let us be relaxed about the future

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Muller said of Havertz] In my last call-ups for the national team, I always enjoyed training and playing with him. He is a very good player, if not the best player of his age group in Europe at the moment. His skills are exceptional. Of course, we always want the best players at Bayern