Welcome back to the Get German Football News advent calendar. As the countdown to Christmas continues, so does our festive fun on day six, as we remember Dieter Müller and his six-goal haul in 1977.
This season represents the Bundesliga’s 60th anniversary. After a reformatting of the German game, the 1963/64 campaign was the first year under the banner of the Bundesliga.
Within the last 60 years, there have been a lot of ups and a lot of downs; many records have been set, and many have been broken time and time again. However, one record that has stood the test of time is that of Dieter Müller’s six-goal haul.
On August 17, 1977, FC Köln hosted Werder Bremen at the Müngersdorfer Stadium on matchday three. With the campaign in its infancy and both sides level on points with a victory and a defeat each, a close contest was expected.
Nevertheless, within 30 minutes, Müller had already been able to claim the match ball with a quickfire hattrick, placing the Billygoats into a commanding 3-0 lead. Bremen would pull one back before the break, but two more strikes from Müller with 20 minutes left to play put the game to bed with Köln leading 5-1.
Regardless, Müller was not done scoring just yet. With the game drawing to a close, his sixth goal would round off a spectacular display as he collected his sixth goal to ensure a 7-2 win for the hosts. However, more importantly, his late strike earned him a place in the Bundesliga record books with the most goals in one game from a single player, and to this day, it is a record that has never been beaten.
GGFN | Will Shopland