Is Thomas Muller Germany’s Key to Success?

Updated: Jun 27


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By: Patrick Smietanka

Thomas Muller, a name that hasn’t been mentioned in quite a while in regards to the German National Team, is finally making a return in this upcoming Euro’s. After getting kicked off the team in 2019 with fellow teammates Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, Muller has finally been placed back into Germany’s setup. The German centre forward debuted for the national team on the March 3, 2010, a mere two years since making his debut for Bayern Munich’s first team. For both Bayern and Germany, Muller has become a household name after winning possibly every trophy a player in Europe could win and contributing an abundance of goals and assists in the process.


On the national level, the European championship is the only trophy left for Thomas Muller. After an unbelievably dominating campaign in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, Muller and his German squad plowed through the knockout stages to win the greatest trophy in national football. He managed to become the top scorer in that tournament with 5 goals to make his name on the world stage. Having capped 102 games for the national squad, Muller’s contributions are what really proves his worth. In the nine years he’s played for Die Mannschaft, Muller has scored 39 goals and 37 assists in all national team competitions. Getting snubbed in 2019 by current German coach Joachim Löw, the clinical German has been requested back into the squad for the 2020 Euros.


While the national team is one thing, Thomas Muller’s loyalty and experience are mainly portrayed in his time with Bayern Munich. The definition of a one-club man, the 31-year-old has been a part of 581 games for the Bavarians in all competitions, only playing professionally for Bayern Munich throughout his career on club level. Shaping the attack in every game he’s played, Muller has played mainly as a second striker but also has had spells on both sides of the wing as well as midfield. In the 13 years for Bayern, Muller has contributed with 214 goals and an astonishing 218 assists as well. All of his efforts resulted in a pretty big trophy cabinet for the Bavarians. In his locker, Muller has two Champions Leagues, 10 league trophies in the Bundesliga, six German Cups, six German Super Cups, and two UEFA Super Cups as well. The well-decorated German hasn’t shown a slowness of form however, this 2020/2021 campaign, he’s helped fellow teammate Robert Lewandowski reach 41 goals in the Bundesliga, with 15 goals and 24 assists in all competitions along with winning another league title for Bayern.


Almost a decade ago many would see the German’s as a force to be reckoned with, in recent years, however, that has simply not been the case. After the 2014 World Cup win, the German’s have shown disappointing performances as they got to the semifinals in the 2016 Euros and didn’t even make it out of the group stage during the 2018 World Cup. Even in their recent qualification, Nations league, and friendly games, Germany has had some interesting results with a 6-0 loss to Spain, 1-1 draw to Denmark and a stunning 2-1 loss to North Macedonia. Those types of results are no question that Muller was essential to come back, in his recent run of form along with the addition of some new names in the German squad, Group F may run in their favour. It will be a tough set of games with teams such as Portugal and France who are known favourites but Muller’s experience and leadership may give the German’s the push they need. With his positive charisma, great passing ability, and world-class positioning, the German veteran will look to play behind striker’s Timo Werner and Kai Havertz who will look to strengthen Germany’s chances to reach their highest successes. Thomas Muller will hope to get that final trophy to complete an astonishing career as one of Germany’s best.