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FIFA World Cup 2018: Thomas Muller’s guile key to Germany hopes

How well Germany do in the FIFA World Cup 2018 could come down to how well Thomas Muller does in linking midfield and attack.

football Updated: Jun 05, 2018 17:42 IST
Himanshu Dhingra
Himanshu Dhingra
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Thomas Muller has scored 10 goals for Germany in last two editions of World Cups.
Thomas Muller has scored 10 goals for Germany in last two editions of World Cups.(AFP)

Country – Germany

Position – Forward

Club – FC Bayern Munich

World Cup Games – 13

World Cup Goals – 8

For a supposed ballboy Thomas Muller hasn’t had a bad career at all, In March 2010 Argentina legend and then coach of the national side thought that Muller was a ballboy.

Since then the forward from Munich has gone on to win almost everything there is to win in the beautiful game, including the biggest prize of them of all, Including the FIFA World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, scoring ten goals in just 13 matches. The haul of five goals each in two previous editions of the World Cup have given Muller the award of Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup and the silver boot at the 2014 edition in Brazil.

At the club level too, the man who usually plays as a withdrawn striker or the second striker has been at the top of his game for a number of years. His team Bayern Munich went on to win their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title in a row and he has been pivotal in them winning all of them and that tells you how important and durable he has been. To be that consistent for such a long period of time is just remarkable.

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For a team, that can boast of talented individuals from back to front is no mean feat and Muller has been one of the first names on Die Mannschaft team sheets for close to a decade now.

Even in the qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup, the 28-year-old was the top scorer with 5 goals in a campaign that saw Germany winning all 10 of their games to finish Top of group C.

With a lack of options up front, Thomas Muller role will become increasingly important for the German team and just how the team does will boil down to just how well he does.