Max Meyer (footballer)

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Max Meyer
Meyer Schalke 2015.jpg
Meyer with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Maximilian Meyer
Date of birth (1995-09-18) 18 September 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Oberhausen, Germany[1]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2002 FC Sardegna Oberhausen
2002–2004 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
2004–2009 MSV Duisburg
2009–2012 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Schalke 04 II 1 (2)
2013– Schalke 04 99 (16)
National team
2009 Germany U15 1 (1)
2010–2011 Germany U16 6 (2)
2011–2012 Germany U17 18 (9)
2013–2015 Germany U19 3 (1)
2014–2016 Germany U21 17 (6)
2016 Germany Olympic 6 (4)
2014– Germany 3 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:41, 17 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:04, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Maximilian "Max" Meyer (German pronunciation: [maxˈɪ.mɪ.lɪ.an ˈmaɪ.jɐ̯]; born 18 September 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Schalke 04.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Meyer left his hometown club Rot-Weiß Oberhausen to join MSV Duisburg in 2004 on a free transfer. Then in 2009 he transferred to FC Schalke 04's youth team. With the Schalke U-19 he won the 2011–12 German U-19 Championship against Bayern Munich with a 2–1 win in the final.[4]

In the 2011–12 season, he played 15 matches for Schalke's U-19. He scored 11 goals and made 11 assists. This made him the second top scorer in club behind Tammo Harder. Due to his good performance, Schalke's general manager, Horst Heldt, gave him a professional contract until 2015.[5]

2012–13 season[edit]

Following the departure of Lewis Holtby to Tottenham Hotspur and the injuries of several other players, he was included in the Bundesliga and Champions League squad. On 9 February 2013, he was an unused substitute against Bayern Munich.[6] On 16 February, in a 2–2 draw match against 1. FSV Mainz 05 he replaced Raffael in the 72nd minute and provided an assist for Michel Bastos's goal that helped Schalke secure the draw.[7]

2013–14 season[edit]

For the 2013–14 season, Meyer was issued number 7 jersey (last worn by Raúl).[8] He started the season by scoring a brace against SSVg Velbert, playing for Schalke 04 II.[9] His first match in 2013–14 Bundesliga was against VfL Wolfsburg coming as a 73rd-minute substitute for Jefferson Farfán.[10] In an UEFA Champions League match against PAOK he made his first start of his career but was replaced in 69 minute by Christian Clemens.[11] Then in a DFB-Pokal match against Darmstadt 98 he scored his first ever goal for Schalke 04.[12] He also scored against giants Borussia Dortmund after coming as a substitute for Christian Fuchs.[13] Following his wonderful performance against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League, he became a transfer target for the adversary who was willing to give €15 million for Meyer.[14] He scored goals in consecutive matches against Eintracht Braunschweig and FC Augsburg.[15][16]

On 30 November 2013, Meyer signed a contract extension with Schalke until 30 June 2018.[17] He then scored in the first match after winter break against Hamburger SV.[18]

2014–15 season[edit]

Schalke went into the last game of their Champions League group away to NK Maribor needing a win to advance. Meyer replaced Tranquillo Barnetta after 56 minutes and six minutes later scored the only goal of the game that took them through to the round of 16 against Real Madrid where they lost 2-0 at the veltins arena and then beat Real Madrid 4-3 in Madrid.[19]

International career[edit]

Meyer (left) with Walace in the gold medal final at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Youth[edit]

Meyer was part of the Germany under–17 squad for 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Meyer scored three goals and helped Germany to reach the final which the Germans lost in a penalty shoot-out to the Netherlands. Nevertheless, Meyer was top scorer and awarded best player of the tournament. Meyer won the Fritz Walter Under-17 Silver Medal in 2012.[5] Meyer scored his first goal for Germany's under–19 team in a friendly against the Netherlands.

Senior[edit]

Meyer was included in the 30 man provisional squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup.[20] On 13 May 2014, Meyer made his debut against Poland.[21] Though Meyer started the match, in the 76th minute he was substituted for Maximilian Arnold.[22] On 31 August 2016, he scored his first goal for his country in a 2–0 win against Finland.[23]

Olympic team[edit]

Alongside Schalke teammate Leon Goretzka, Meyer was named in the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[24] Meyer would captain the team for the rest of the tournament, after Goretzka suffered a shoulder injury. On 11 August 2016, Meyer scored a hat-trick in a 10–0 win over Fiji, although he also missed a penalty.[25] On 21 August, Meyer scored the equaliser in the gold medal final, but Germany lost to Brazil 5–4 on penalties.[26]

Style of play[edit]

Because of his dribbling abilities and his high speed, his playing style is compared to that of Lionel Messi.[27] When asked about his good technique, Meyer replied "With ten years I have played Futsal for four years next to the football club in addition. In addition to the three workouts in the club I had in addition a Futsal session per week. Saturdays at noon was the point of the game and in the afternoon the futsal game."[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 25 July 2016[29]
Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
Schalke 04 Bundesliga 2012–13 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
2013–14 30 6 2 1 9 0 41 7
2014–15 28 5 1 0 8 1 37 6
2015–16 32 5 2 0 7 1 41 6
Total 95 16 5 1 25 2 125 19

International statistics[edit]

National team Year App. Goals Ref.
Germany 2014 1 0 [30]
2016 2 1
Total 3 1
Last updated: 4 September 2016

International goals[edit]

As of match played 31 August 2016. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Meyer goal.[31]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 August 2016 Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany  Finland 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Max Meyer". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Meyer, Max" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Max Meyer profile at Soccerway
  4. ^ "Schalkes U19 triumphiert im Finale über Bayern". Derwesten. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Schalke verlängert mit Juwel Meyer" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mainz 05 vs Schalke". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Schalke-Talent Meyer erbt Trikotnummer 7 von Raul". Derwesten. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "U23 siegt mit vier Toren gegen Velbert". FC Schalke 04. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "VfL Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "PAOK vs Schalke". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Darmstadt 98 vs Schalke". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "FC Chelsea bietet für Schalke-Talent Max Meyer 15 Millionen Euro". Derswesten. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Augsburg vs Schalke". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Eintracht vs Schalke". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Meyer extends Schalke contract". 
  18. ^ "Hamburger SV vs Schalke 04". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Sever, Grega (11 December 2014). "Di Matteo joyful after Schalke's success". UEFA. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Das Team". DFB. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "'It was fun' - Low praises Germany youngsters after Poland draw". Goal. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Germany vs Poland". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Germany 2-0 Finland: Bastian Schweinsteiger makes final appearance". Sky Sports. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  24. ^ "Leon Goretzka: I'm very grateful". FC Schalke 04. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  25. ^ "Max Meyer bags a hat-trick against Fiji". FC Schalke 04. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "Max Meyer wins Olympic Silver". FC Schalke 04. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Wer ist eigentlich Max Meyer?". Bravosport. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  28. ^ "Max Meyer: "Mannschaftserfolg steht über allem"". DFB. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  29. ^ Max Meyer profile at Soccerway
  30. ^ "Max Meyer". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  31. ^ "Max Meyer - national football team player". EU-Football.info. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  32. ^ a b c d Dan, Ross (24 August 2012). "2012: Max Meyer". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  33. ^ "Fritz-Walter-Medaille 2012". fritz-walter-stiftung.de (in German). 30 July 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  34. ^ "Max Meyer erhält Fritz-Walter-Medaille in Silber" [Max Meyer receives the Fritz Walter Medal in Silver]. schalke04.de (in German). 26 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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