Bundesliga Legends: Mehmet Scholl

It is time to go down memory lane and remember Mehmet Scholl – the legendary midfielder of Bayern Munich.

The German was born on 16 October 1970 as Mehmet Yuksel – son of a Turkish father and German mother. When he was five, his parents divorced, and his mother then married Hermann Scholl from whom Mehmet acquired his last name.

Mehmet Scholl started his professional career at his hometown club, Karlsruher SC. He moved to Bayern in 1992 and entertained the Munich fans for a full decade and a half, until his retirement in 2007.

He played most of his career as an attacking midfielder, but Scholl could also operate a bit deeper in the midfield.

The German was excellent with the ball and had perfect vision for the game, which made his one of the best midfielders of his time. He also had a knack for scoring attractive goals and was Bayern’s set-piece taker for many years.

Scholl’s career was amazing. He was the first player in history to win eight Bundesliga titles – a record he is still holding, jointly with Oliver Kahn, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribery.

Ribery is the only player who can break the record, as the French winger is probably playing his last season with Bayern. Therefore, if the Bavarians win the league at the end of the season he’ll become the all-time record holder with nine Bundesliga titles.

Apart from his eight league medals, Scholl also helped Bayern to five German Cups as well as the 1996 UEFA Cup and 2001 Champions League titles.

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He has won a total of 21 trophies in his 15 seasons at Bayern Munich – a tally which makes him the most decorated player in the history of the club, alongside the French winger Frank Ribery.

Scholl’s only disappointment comes from his time with the German national team. He had his debut appearance for Germany in 1995 and was part of the 1996 UEFA Euro winning side.

However, the midfielder played only 36 games for his country, as the injuries constantly disrupted his international career and denied him the opportunity to appear in a FIFA World Cup finals tournament.

He won his last international cap in February 2002 when Germany beat Israel 7-1 in Kaiserslautern.

Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, more than 100,000 people signed an online petition ‘Mehmet fur Deutschland’ – for his inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the tournament on home soil. Unfortunately, Scholl was overlooked by his former international and club colleague.

The midfielder had his farewell appearance against Barcelona and retired in 2007. He played 392 Bundesliga games, netting a total of 98 league goals for both Karlsruher and Bayern Munich.

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