Club | 23/06/2020

New book by the FC legend

Dieter Müller: With modesty and joy

Dieter Müller belongs to the best German footballers of all time. With 1. FC Köln, he celebrated huge successes and created records to last a lifetime. Despite that, he still suffered many setbacks. In his new biography, he looks back and describes “What destiny took from me, and what football gave me”.

Mr. Müller, how have you coped with the Corona situation since March and how are you?
“I’m good. First, I had to come to terms with the situation, like we all did. But I’m now relaxed about the situation, thankfully. I can play a little golf and go on the bike, which is important for me. At the end of July, we’ll maybe head to Lake Garda for a week – who would have thought it. If everyone holds themselves to the rules, then I’m optimistic that things will continue to get better.”

The publication of your book had to be postponed from April to June. Were you disappointed? At the end of the day, when it is finished, you want to be able to present your work.
“At the time, I was somewhat disappointed. But it was very difficult for everyone. To publich a book that no-one can buy would have made no sense. Now I’m even happier that it has been released.”

In your book, you give an insight into moments that few knew about beforehand. How difficult was this step?
“It was almost a sort of a way of coming to terms with the past. It doesn’t just cover around 40 years of football stories but also the most important phases in my life. I haven’t been spared much, when it comes to strokes of fate. To talk about the death of my son is still difficult. The loss of my step-father and my sister are also things I had to work through. To that, came my heart attack, which most would not have survived. It is still tough to talk about but with the book, I could lay out all of my experiences.”

These moments of fate are also tough to read about. How do you get your strength?
“I always read a lot. I am interested in a lot of religions and I take a lot of strength from my beliefs. I am not someone who often runs to church but I am someone who believes. I think that there is something after death – that you find yourself again on a certain level. Belief and modesty are, for me, incredibly important aspects. I have always tried to remain grounded. Unfortunately, a lot of people haven’t realised that. It was also important, despite the tough moments, to remain positive. That is one of the main points as to why I wrote the book.”

How important is football for you?
“Football is very important for me. I owe a lot to the sport. The time at FC was particularly poignant for me. In Köln, I got to know a lot of great people who supported me. FC is a club that I owe a lot to and fantastic footballers, like Heinz Flohe, Wolfang Overath, Toni Schumacher, Herbert Zimemrmann, Bernd Cullmann and the recently passed away Gerd Strack. I still have contact to the majority of them. I still get a lot of autograph requests from Köln, which always makes me happy.”

The Bundesliga is back up and running. What do you think of the decision?
“The DFL planned everything well and put everything into action. Therefore, I don’t see too many problems. The games, from a quality perspective, are definitively watchable but without fans it just isn’t the same for me. At the moment, they are making the best of things. There are professional people doing great work, which Germany can be proud of. The few problems which have been highlighted further through the crisis should now be worked on, like the transfer fees and wages.”

You have published the book after a huge amount of life experience and an international career. Currently, there is a trend of documentaries about young professionals…
“Yes, at 66 years of age, I have life experience and therefore more to talk about. But with the younger people, it’s about football first and foremost and not life. Along with the sport, there are also live experiences and stories of fate which I try to rank within everything to perhaps give other people the courage who have experienced similar.”

Three goals on your Germany debut, twice golden boot winner, double winner, six goals in a game – the list of successes in your career is long. What is your personal highlight?
“To bring it down to one moment is difficult. The two goals in the cup finals against Hertha in 1977 were something special. Especially as it was the first title in a long time for FC. Despite that, the double sticks out above that. What went on in the city and at Geißbockheim, that wasn’t normal. The six goals in one game was not so special at the time. I never thought that the record would last so long. Before and after, there are players who have scored five goals in a game. Then you ay a little more attention. But if someone does manage to score six or more goals in a game, that’s absolutely fine for me. Despite that, I’m still very happy when it lasts a little longer (laughs).”

How do you see the next chapters in your life panning out?
“Above all, health is the most important thing. Unfortunately, we recently seen how quickly things can change with Gerd Strack. I already wrote in the book: “Tomorrow is not a given.” And that’s how I try to live – with modesty and joy.” 

The book „Meine zwei Leben“ from Dieter Müller is available in FC-Fanshops, in book stores and at

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