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Muller becomes first outfield Bayern player to reach 600 appearances

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 19 Nov 2021

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Thomas Muller has become the first outfield player to reach 600 appearances for Bayern Munich since the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963 after featuring against Augsburg on Friday.

Muller came through Bayern’s academy and was handed his Bundesliga debut by Jurgen Klinsmann in August 2008 but made only four appearances out of a possible 34 that season.

Louis van Gaal’s arrival as coach prompted Muller’s breakthrough, and he has missed just 29 Bundesliga matches since the start of 2009-10, while he is the only player to play in at least 28 matches in every campaign in that period.

Friday’s match was his 395th Bundesliga outing, a tally bettered by no one since he made his debut. Despite his longevity, Muller’s class and influence show no signs of depleting.

This season, he has already been involved in 17 open-play sequences leading to a goal in the Bundesliga, with only Mohamed Salah (20) bettering that total across Europe’s big five leagues.

Similarly, Muller’s open-play chances and secondary chances (the pass before the assist for a shot or goal) tally of 51 is eight more than anyone else in the big five leagues, with Bruno Fernandes second on 43.

At the age of 32, Muller may now have sights on Bayern’s all-time appearance record of 700, set by goalkeeper Sepp Maier.

 

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