Martin Max

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Martin Max
Martin Max 1996.JPG
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-08-07) 7 August 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Tarnowskie Góry, Poland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Rodło Górniki Bytom
Blau-Weiß Post Recklinghausen
FC Recklinghausen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Borussia M'Gladbach 142 (22)
1995–1999 Schalke 04 109 (33)
1999–2003 TSV 1860 München 112 (47)
2003–2004 Hansa Rostock 33 (20)
Total 396 (122)
National team
2002 Germany 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Martin Max (born 7 August 1968) is a retired Polish-born German footballer, who played as a striker.

One of the oldest winners of the Bundesliga's top scorer crown, at the age of 32 and 34, he represented four teams in his country of adoption.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Tarnowskie Gory in Upper Silesia, Martin Max started to play football in the youth of Rodło Górniki Bytom and in 1982 he emigrated with his parents from as ethnic Germans (Aussiedler) from Poland and went to Germany, where the family settled in Recklinghausen in the Ruhr region (Ruhrgebiet). In Recklinghausen, he joined the junior from Blau Weiß Post Recklinghausen and 1985 he transferred to the offspring of the 1. FC Recklinghausen.

At Schalke, Max revived his career, netting 23 goals in his first two seasons combined, adding three in the victorious UEFA Cup campaign, and his penalty shootout attempt in the final against F.C. Internazionale Milano.

He joined TSV 1860 München in 1999, and was crowned league topscorer in his first season, with 19; in 2001–02, he added 18 for a second individual accolade, tied with Márcio Amoroso.

Already at 35, Max moved to F.C. Hansa Rostock, and contributed massively to the former East Germany side's comfortable league position, as he netted 20 goals and ranked third in the goal charts, retiring at the season's end with a total of 396 matches, with 126 first division goals. After retiring, Max began running a soccer camp for youths.

International career[edit]

Courtesy of his stellar TSV performances, Max earned his only cap for Germany, on 17 April 2002 (aged almost 34), coming on as a substitute during the 84th minute in a 1–0 loss in a friendly in the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion (today Mercedes-Benz-Arena) in Stuttgart against Argentina.

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