Christian Müller (soccer player, 1938)

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Christian Mueller
birthday August 29, 1938
place of birth HüchelhovenGerman Empire
position striker
Years station Games (goals) 1
0000-1958 SC Fliesteden
1958-1966 1. FC Cologne 182 (128)
1966-1970 Karlsruher SC 123 0(66)
1970-1971 SC Viktoria Cologne 2 00(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
SpVgg Oberaussem
Pulheimer SC
1 Only league games are given.

Christian Müller (born August 29, 1938 in Hüchelhoven - Fliesteden , today in Bergheim ) is a former German football player . In 1962 and 1964 he was German soccer champion with 1. FC Köln .


1. FC Köln, until 1966

He and his cousin Christian Breuer came from SC Fliesteden to 1. FC Köln in 1958 and became one of the most dangerous strikers of the 1960s. Müller had completed a three-year commercial apprenticeship in Cologne and drew attention to himself in the youth teams in the Middle Rhine. From the round 1959/60 he belonged to the regular line-up of 1. FC Cologne in the football Oberliga West . On the first game day he made his debut on August 23, 1959 in the 2: 3 defeat at Duisburg SpV in the league. After the seventh matchday, October 11, 1959, the new center forward of the "billy goats" had scored two goals in the 5-1 away win at Schalke 04 , he already had 9 hits. Together with Jürgen Schütz from Borussia Dortmund , he was the top scorer in the West. At the end of the round he was able to celebrate the championship with his teammates, had scored 28 goals in 28 league games and made it to the final with 1. FC Köln in the final round of the German championship in 1960 . Against the group opponents Werder Bremen, Tasmania 1900 Berlin and FK Pirmasens he had scored another six hits. The final was lost on June 25, 1960 in Frankfurt am Main against Hamburger SV with 2: 3 goals. In the 86th minute of the game, Christian Müller was able to compensate for HSV's 2-1 lead. Together with Helmut Rahn (11) and Hans Schäfer (16), he provided the goals for Cologne in his debut season in the football league. The fast, powerful and headed attacker - he also castled on the wings - won the championship in the Oberliga West four times in a row with Cologne from 1960 to 1963. In 112 league games he scored 82 goals for President Franz Kremer's team.

When he and his teammates defended the championship in the west again in the 1961/62 season with a record result of 89:40 goals, he drew three wins against Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburger SV and FK in the final round, which was shortened because of the soccer World Cup in Chile Pirmasens again in the final of the German championship. On May 12, 1962, the final took place in Berlin in front of 82,000 spectators against the defending champion 1. FC Nürnberg . The Cologne offensive with Karl-Heinz Thielen, Ernst-Günter Habig, Christian Müller, Hans Schäfer and Christian Breuer was clearly superior to the Franks and brought the first German championship to Cologne after a 4-0 win. In the last year of the old leagues, 1962/63 , Müller lost the final of the German championship against West runner-up Borussia Dortmund on June 29, 1963 in Stuttgart with 1: 3 goals. In the league round, Cologne and center forward Müller won both matches against Westphalia - 3: 2 and 2: 1 - and the striker also impressively demonstrated his scoring qualities in the group matches with nine goals. Due to suddenly appearing groin complaints, however, he could not appear in the final and was noticeably missing from coach Zlatko Čajkovski's favorite team .

When the Bundesliga started its program in the 1963/64 season , Müller was one of the protagonists of the league's debut day on August 24, 1963 as a center forward for 1. FC Köln in a 2-0 win at 1. FC Saarbrücken . In the 43rd minute he scored the 2-0 final score for coach Georg Knöpfle's team . Cologne won their first championship in the Bundesliga with a six point lead. Müller had scored 15 goals in 22 games. Other outstanding shooters of the championship eleven were Karl-Heinz Thielen (16), Hans Sturm (13) and captain Hans Schäfer with 12 goals. The man from Fliesteden increased his hit rate in the Bundesliga to 19 goals in 1964/65, but Cologne was unable to defend the title. Behind Werder Bremen, Cologne ended up in second place, three points behind. In the third year of the Bundesliga - 1965/66 -, for the first time without the long-time player personality Hans Schäfer, Cologne slipped to fifth place in the table. Müller had scored another 12 goals in 23 games and was the second best scorer in Cologne behind Hannes Löhr (18). After an internal dispute with the presidium and a suspension of several weeks in the preliminary round, the disgruntled striker accepted the offer of the Karlsruher SC for the 1966/67 round and moved from Cologne to Baden. From 1963 to 1966 he had scored 46 goals in 69 games for Cologne in the Bundesliga. Internationally, Christian Müller opened in the 1960/61 trade fair cup in the Cologne city selection against Olympique Lyon and AS Roma. In the championship competition of 1962/63 he scored two goals in a 4-0 home win on September 26, 1962 against FC Dundee , but was eliminated with Cologne, as they had surprisingly lost in the first leg with 1: 8 goals in Dundee. In the 1963/64 trade fair cup, he contributed three goals in the quarter-finals to a 4-0 home win against AS Roma . The dramatic climax were the matches in the national championship against Liverpool in 1964/65 . Müller also belonged to the Cologne team, which was eliminated from the competition on March 24, 1965 in Rotterdam in the decider against the English champions after the third draw (2: 2) by the " coin toss of Rotterdam ". A total of 26 games with thirteen goals are listed for Müller from 1960/61 to 1965/66 in European competitions.

Karlsruher SC, 1966 to 1970

The KSC had in the 1965/66 season with a goal difference of 35:71 occupied the 16th place and just before Borussia Neunkirchen achieved relegation. Since the Badener with the prominent newcomers Dragoslav Šekularac and the ex-Cologne scorer after the 11th matchday - October 29, 1966 - with 6:16 points were in the last place in the table, coach Werner Roth was pronounced on November 1, 1966 the termination and with the French Paul Frantz a new coach signed up. The first sign of improvement came with the home draw on November 12th against 1. FC Köln, when Christian Müller scored the equalizer in the 87th minute. At the end of the round, the KSC reached 13th place in the table with 31:37 points and had scored 54 goals. Müller contributed 17 goals in 32 appearances. Horst Wild and Hans Cieslarczyk shared second place in the internal KSC goalscorer list with seven goals each. 1. FC Köln finished seventh in their first year without Müller and scored 48 goals. In his second year in Karlsruhe, Müller experienced decline with the Badeners. Müller was able to score eight more goals in 30 games. A total of 131 games with 71 goals were recorded for the striker from 1963 to 1968 in the Bundesliga.

The ex-Cologne player played two more rounds in the Regional Football League South for Karlsruhe . In 1969 he won the championship with the KSC, in 1970 he was runner-up. In 61 games he scored 41 goals and also hit the opposing net four times in nine games in the two rounds of promotion, although a knee injury was already clearly hampering him.

End of career

At the age of 32 he returned to his homeland in Cologne, this time to SC Viktoria . Despite repeated surgery, he was only able to play two more games for Viktoria in the 1970/71 round and then had to end his playing career for good.

Then he went to Rheidt near Fliesteden, where he worked as a sports teacher in the school service and also worked for four years as a trainer at SpVgg Oberaußem and Pulheimer SC. The trained businessman then went into business for himself and took over a larger general agency for an insurance company.

National team

Christian Müller was appointed to the German national soccer team several times by Sepp Herberger , but he did not appear on an international level behind the then overpowering Uwe Seeler . On March 19, 1960, he played in Frankfurt, representative of West Germany against South Germany. The West selection won the game with strikers Helmut Rahn , Jürgen Schütz , Christian Müller, Aki Schmidt and Albert Brülls with 2-0 goals.



  • Hardy Grüne , Lorenz Knieriem: Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 8: Player Lexicon 1890–1963. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 .
  • Matthias Kropp, Germany's major soccer teams, part 10: 1. FC Köln, Agon-Verlag, 1997, ISBN 3-928562-96-7 .
  • Matthias Kropp, Germany's major soccer teams, part 11. Karlsruher SC, Agon-Verlag, 1998, ISBN 3-89609-115-8 .

Individual evidence

  1. Christian Müller - player profile. Retrieved June 14, 2019 .