Róbert Mak

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Róbert Mak
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Mák with Zenit in 2018
Personal information
Full name Róbert Mak
Date of birth (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Bratislava, Slovakia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Winger, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zenit St. Petersburg
Number 20
Youth career
1997–2004 Slovan Bratislava
2004–2008 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Manchester City 0 (0)
2010–2014 Nürnberg 77 (6)
2014–2016 PAOK 58 (14)
2016– Zenit St. Petersburg 38 (5)
2017–2018PAOK (loan) 26 (3)
National team
2007–2008 Slovakia U17 18 (0)
2008–2009 Slovakia U19 9 (0)
2009–2012 Slovakia U21 20 (0)
2013– Slovakia 56 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2019

Róbert Mak (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈɾɔːbɛɾt ˈmak]; born 8 March 1991) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays for Zenit St. Petersburg and the Slovakia national team as a right winger.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mak, a native of Bratislava, began playing football at the youth squad of the local club Slovan Bratislava.[2] When he was 13, he joined Manchester City Academy.[3] There he played with his countrymen Vladimír Weiss and Filip Mentel. He progressed to Manchester City Reserves aged 17, but never got a chance at the senior squad. He is a 2007–08 FA Youth Cup winner.

1. FC Nürnberg[edit]

Róbert Mak with 1. FC Nürnberg in 2010

On 11 June 2010, he signed a three-year contract for 1. FC Nürnberg for an undisclosed fee.[4] He enjoyed time on the pitch right from the start and completed the season in Germany's top flight with 22 appearances established himself as a dependable option on the right flank of the attack.[5] He scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 1–3 defeat against 1. FC Kaiserslautern on 20 November 2010. He stayed in the club for four seasons, however their relegation to second-tier football coincided with the expiration of his contract. Legia Warsaw made an attempt to sign with him, but PAOK's offer and the opportunity to play in the UEFA Europa League brought him at Toumpa Stadium.

PAOK[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 19 July 2014, he signed a three-year contact with PAOK playing in Super League Greece.[6] He enjoyed time on the pitch right from the start, and helped PAOK to lead the championship until December 2014, but poor results made the club fall in the league table to third place. On 22 February 2015, PAOK returned to winning ways after beating Veria 3–1 which ended a disappointing period of bad results for the club.[7] He completed the 2014–15 Superleague Greece season with seven goals (third in his first season after Facundo Pereyra and Stefanos Athanasiadis) and five assists (second after Giannis Skondras).[8]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 16 July 2015, in the preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League PAOK was beaten 2–1 in the first leg in Croatia against Lokomotiva with Mak scoring the lone goal.[9] In the second leg against Lokomotiva Zagreb, Mak scored a brace, with one of them being a right footed shot from more than 35-yards out, in a 6–0 win to advance.[10] On 20 August, in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League playoffs against Brøndby IF, Mak had a hand in all five goals, as he netted a hat-trick, created the second goal, and teed up Garry Rodrigues for the third.[11] On 12 September, in his third appearance for the 2015–16 season he scored his first goal in a 3–0 away win against Veria.[12] Two weeks later, he scored in extra time giving his club the victory against Atromitos.[13] On 1 October, in a home match against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, Mak contributed a 34th-minute goal in a 1–1 draw.[14] In late October, it was reported that Mak was in talks with the club regarding a contract extension until 2019.[15] On 5 November 2015, Mak reduced the club side's arrears in added time in a 2–1 away loss for Europa League against FC Krasnodar. [16] On 30 November, he was substituted off the pitch in a 3–1 win over Kalloni after sustaining a knee injury.[17] On 6 December, he gave the lead by scoring the first goal in a 2–1 home win against Panionios.[18] Four days later, he scored his ninth goal in this year's Europa League to force a surprise defeat on Borussia Dortmund, who qualified in second place from Group C despite the loss. Mak ran onto a Giannis Mystakidis throughball, knocked it beyond goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and cut home from a tight angle.[19]

On 30 January 2016, he gave the lead to his club after an assist from Dimitris Pelkas, in a 1–1 home draw in the 20th day of the league against Atromitos.[20] On 4 March, after the episodic semi-final derby for the Greek Cup against champions Olympiacos, that never finished due to excessive episodes, Mak received four match ban and a €250 fine after his red card.[21] On 11 April, in his return to action scored sealing a 2–0 home win against Levadiakos.[22] After a good season with the club, PAOK, according to Real News, started negotiations offering to the player double wages on a new three-year deal.[23]

After a successful UEFA Euro 2016 with the national team, Mak was no longer considered to be a member of PAOK, as the Slovak winger had farewelled all his teammates and the members of the club at the pre-season squad's hotel in Netherlands. The administration of the Greek club confirmed that there were three official transfers bids for him and he had taken leave of absence, in order to start negotiations with the interested sides.[24]

Zenit St. Petersburg[edit]

Róbert Mak with Zenit in 2017

On 22 July 2016, Zenit Saint Petersburg and PAOK officially announced the transfer of Mak to the Russian club, for about €3.5 million. The 25-year-old international, who had scored 20 goals in 45 appearances with the Greek club during 2015–16 season, passed the medical examinations and signed a four-year contract with the 2007–08 UEFA Cup winners.[25][26]

Mak scored his first goal for Zenit on 11 September in a match against Arsenal. He came on the pitch on the 46th minute, substituting Oleg Shatov and scored 20 minutes later, on the 66th minute. Mak scored the third goal in the match, which Zenit won by 5–0.[27]

After a poor season, despite a good early start, Mak was linked with a move back to PAOK for the next season on a loan basis. PAOK would cover 60% of his contract by paying €800,000 while the player's purchase clause would be set at €2.5 million.[28]

PAOK loan[edit]

On 3 August 2017, Mak opened the score in a 2–0 home win game for the 2st leg of UEFA Europa League third qualifying round against Olimpik Donetsk, after an assist of Diego Biseswar. It was his first goal after his return to PAOK.[29] It was reported, that PAOK did not intend to sign Mak permanently in the summer of 2018. He scored five goals in 37 official performances in all competitions during 2017–18 season. Mak is reported a target for Manchester United and want to be pair with Pukki in January 2020 so the duo called Pukki Mak.

International career[edit]

Mak was called up to the national team for a friendly match vs. Denmark that was held on 15 August 2012, but remained an unused substitute. He made his debut for Slovakia national team against Belgium on 6 February 2013 as a 61st-minute substitute for winger Miroslav Stoch. Belgium defeated Slovakia 2–1. On 8 September 2014, Slovakia have begun their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification with a 1–0 away win against Ukraine. Even though Ukraine were better at the start of the match, Jan Kozak's side took the lead in the 18th minute, when Mak drifted in off his flank and was put clean through on goal. Mak was able time to steady himself, take a touch, get his head up and pass the ball into the near post to give the visitors the lead, and eventually the victory. The moment was later recalled as the beginning of a successful qualification, which led to Slovakia's first appearance at the European Championship.[30] On 17 November 2015, he scored two goals for first time in his international career against Iceland in a preparation friendly match for Euro 2016.[31] He won his first trophy with Slovakia in 2018, when Slovakia won the 2018 King's Cup. Mak played in both games against UAE (2–1 win) and Thailand, scoring the second goal of a 3–2 victory in the final match against the home side.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 May 2019[32]
Club Season League Cup Continental[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1. FC Nürnberg 2010–11 22 3 0 0 0 0 22 3
2011–12 17 2 2 1 0 0 19 3
2012–13 19 1 1 1 0 0 20 2
2013–14 19 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
Total 77 6 4 2 0 0 81 8
PAOK 2014–15 30 7 1 0 4 1 35 8
2015–16 28 7 5 4 12 9 45 20
Total 58 14 6 4 16 10 80 28
Zenit St. Petersburg 2016–17 17 4 2 1 8 1 27 6
2018–19 21 1 1 1 13 4 35 6
2019–20 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 38 5 4 2 21 5 63 12
PAOK (loan) 2017–18 26 3 7 1 4 1 37 5
Total 26 3 7 1 4 1 37 5
Career total 199 28 21 9 41 16 261 53

International[edit]

As of 9 September 2019[33]
National Team Year Apps Goals
Slovakia
2013 7 1
2014 8 2
2015 9 4
2016 10 2
2017 7 0
2018 10 2
2019 5 1
Total 56 12

International goals[edit]

As of match played 9 September 2019. Slovakia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mak goal.[34]
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 2013 Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland 7  Poland 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 5 March 2014 Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel 8  Israel 3–1 3–1
3 8 September 2014 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine 12  Ukraine 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
4 12 October 2015 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 22  Luxembourg 3–0 4–2
5 13 November 2015 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia 23   Switzerland 3–2 Friendly
6 17 November 2015 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia 24  Iceland 1–0 3–1
7 2–1
8 11 October 2016 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia 33  Scotland 1–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 2–0
10 25 March 2018 Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand 43  Thailand 3–2 2018 King's Cup
11 16 November 2018 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia 49  Ukraine 4–1 4–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B
12 9 September 2019 Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary 56  Hungary 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

Honours[edit]

PAOK

Zenit Saint Petersburg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mak, Robert" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  2. ^ ""Club" verpflichtet Talent von ManCity" (in German). DFL. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Mak z Manchestru City do 1. FC Norimberg" (in Slovak). profutbal. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Robbie Mak leaves City". Manchester City official website. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Robert Mak". www.paokfc.gr.
  6. ^ "Στην Ολλανδία και ο Ρόμπερτ Μακ". paokmania.gr. 19 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Mak targets PAOK winning streak". www.sdna.gr. 22 February 2015.
  8. ^ "PAOK Thessalonik FC". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  9. ^ "PAOK suffer blow in the first Europa League leg". www.sdna.gr. 17 July 2015.
  10. ^ "PAOK vs Locomotiva 6-0". www.skysports.com. 23 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Spectacular PAOK fly off to group stage". www.paokfc.gr. 20 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Βέροια - ΠΑΟΚ 0-3". www.contra.gr. 12 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Ατρόμητος - ΠΑΟΚ 1-2". www.contra.gr. 27 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Castro rescues Dortmund a point at PAOK". www.uefa.com. 1 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Mak in advanced contract talks". www.sdna.gr. 30 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Krasnodar looking good after defeating PAOK 2-1". www.uefa.com. 5 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Mak picks knee injury". www.sdna.gr. 30 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Third victory in one week for PAOK". www.sdna.gr. 6 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 0-1 PAOK: Mak continues fine form to down Germans". www.goal.com. 10 December 2015.
  20. ^ "PAOK held to draw by brave Atromitos". www.sdna.gr. 30 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Mak given four match ban after his red card against Olympiakos". www.sdna.gr. 4 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Mak: "Happy for scoring a goal in my return in action"". www.sdna.gr. 11 April 2016.
  23. ^ "PAOK in talks with Mak over new deal". www.sdna.gr. 8 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Τελειώνει ο Μακ από τον ΠΑΟΚ". www.sport24.gr. 17 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Zenit sign Slovakia winger Robert Mak". www.eurosport.co.uk. 22 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Στη Ζενιτ ο Ρόμπερτ Μακ". www.paokfc.gr. 22 July 2016.
  27. ^ "АРСЕНАЛ — ЗЕНИТ". www.fc-zenit.ru. 11 September 2016.
  28. ^ ""Έκλεισε" ο Μακ στον ΠΑΟΚ!". www.gazzetta.gr. 1 July 2017.
  29. ^ "ΠΑΟΚ - Ολιμπίκ Ντόνετσκ 2-0". www.gazzetta.gr. 3 August 2017.
  30. ^ "Result: Ukraine shocked by Slovakia".
  31. ^ "Slovakia Vs Iceland 3-1 Highlights". sportyhighlights.com. 17 November 2015.
  32. ^ Róbert Mak at Soccerway
  33. ^ "Mak, Róbert". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  34. ^ "Róbert Mak". European Football. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  35. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2018/02/28/greece/cup/panionios-nfc/paok-fc/2744640/
  36. ^ "Zenit is the Russian Premier League champion" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 4 May 2019.
  37. ^ "20 Zenit players became Russian champions for the first time" (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 4 May 2019.

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