was born in Weilheim, Upper Bavaria, and grew up in
the nearby village of Pähl, which became the
centre of media attention during his World Cup exploits
Müller played as a youth for TSV Pähl, before
joining FC Bayern München in 2000, aged 10. He
progressed through the youth setup, and was part of
the team that finished runner-up in the U-19 Bundesliga
As he came through the youth system, he was seen primarily
as a midfielder, but since breaking into the first-team
he has been used in more forward roles.
In December 2009 he married his long-time girlfriend
Lisa Trede, a semi-professional equestrian.
made his international debut in March 2010 against
Argentina, being named in the starting eleven for
the match at the Allianz Arena, his home stadium.
He almost missed out on the 2010 World Cup because
he fell off his bicycle at the team's training camp
in South Tyrol suffering a scare.