Factbox: Golden Boot winner Thomas Mueller

(Reuters) – Factbox on Germany forward Thomas Mueller, who won the World Cup Golden Boot and Young Player of the Tournament awards on Sunday:

Born: September 13, 1989 in Weilheim, Germany


* Mueller joined Bayern Munich on July 1 2000 aged just 10 from junior team TSV Paehl and played at various youth levels for Bayern and Germany.

* Made his debut for Bayern against Hamburg SV in the Bundesliga on August15 2008 coming on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose in the 79th minute.

* Made a handful of appearances in the 2008/09 season and scored in the second leg of Bayern’s 12-1 aggregate win over Sporting in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

* Married his girlfriend Lisa late in 2009.


* Bayern appointed Dutch coach Louis van Gaal before the start of the 2009/10 season which led to Mueller enjoying more starts in the first team. The forward made 34 league appearances, scoring 13 goals as Bayern claimed their 22nd German title.

* Mueller also started the German Cup final where Bayern thrashed Werder Bremen 4-0 but he could not help the Germans to an unprecedented treble as they lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in the Champions League final.

* Made his international debut on March 3 this year in a 1-0 home defeat by Argentina.


* Scored his first goal for Germany in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup, a 4-0 win over Australia.

* Scored two goals against England in a fantastic display of attacking football as Germany knocked out their rivals in the second round with a 4-1 victory.

* Opens the scoring after just three minutes of the quarter-final against Argentina as Germany crush the South Americans 4-0.

* Scores his fifth goal with his fifth shot on target in the tournament as Germany beat Uruguay 3-2 to finish in third.

* Finished as World Cup joint top scorer but pips David Villa, Diego Forlan and Wesley Sneijder to the Golden Boot award courtesy of more assists and time on the pitch. Is also named the young player of the tournament.

(Writing by Patrick Johnston; editing by Jon Bramley)

Reina commits long-term future to Liverpool

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has signed a new six-year deal with the English Premier League club and hailed it as probably the best news of his life.

“To play for Liverpool is very special. I’ve been here for five years and now I will be here for six more and it’s very exciting,” Reina told the club’s website.

“I’m delighted to sign a new contract. It’s probably the best news of my life that I’ll be here for the next six years.”

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who joined the Merseyside club in July 2005 from Villarreal, has been one of manager Rafa Benitez’s best signings, notching up 177 league appearances.

Reina, who won the Super Cup in 2005 with Liverpool and the FA Cup a year later, said his family were big fans of the area and the native Scouse accent as well.

“My wife told me from the beginning she was more than happy here. My kids enjoy it and they have picked up the Scouse accent already. I am really proud of that,” said Reina, whose side is sixth in the league.

“In the years ahead they will speak much more Scouse too.”