Martin Max

Max in 1996 as a player of Schalke 04

Martin Max ( born August 7, 1968 in Tarnów Góra, Poland ) is a former German football player.

  • 2.1 club
  • 2.2 Custom
  • 3.1 coaching career


Max was born in Upper Silesia, moved with his family but later as emigrants to Germany. In Germany Max completed an apprenticeship as a fitter at a colliery. He lives with his family in Recklinghausen. His son Philip was born in 1993 in March 2014 his professional debut for FC Schalke 04

Playing career


Max began his career in the youth of Rodło Górniki Bytom in Upper Silesia. After he had moved to Germany, he played for the Blue White Post Recklinghausen. There, Kurt Meyer was his first coach.

First professional stop was Borussia Mönchengladbach, where Max was active between 1989 and 1995. His debut was the striker on Matchday 1 of the 1989/90 season, July 28, 1989, against 1 FC Kaiserslautern. He stood in the starting lineup and his team completed the full season. By the 4th Round Max has always belonged to the starting line-up. Only in the course of the season he found himself often on the bench again. A total of eleven games played Max in his first year as a pro, but he was ten times or replaced. Around the square next to Hans -Jörg Criens, who was appointed by storm, Max competed with Igor Belanow, Oliver Bierhoff and Christoph Budde.

The following year, Max made ​​his breakthrough at Borussia. Gameday On the 6th of the season 1990/91 he scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. With 30 went encounters he had more than any other striker in the Borussia. He scored seven goals and was the second best scorer of his team.

The biggest success of his Gladbach time was winning the DFB - Cup 1995. In the final game as well as during the competition and the League was Max but no longer first choice. Throughout the course of the season, he scored no hits. Instead, players like Heiko Herrlich, Martin Dahlin and Bachirou Salou made ​​him the place in dispute.

In the summer of 1995, Max therefore decided to transfer to FC Schalke 04 Here Max 1997 UEFA Cup winners. In his first two years at Schalke he was put together with Youri Mulder of in the middle and was top scorer in each the Gelsenkirchen. In the UEFA Cup winning Max ran in two finals on against Inter Milan. After he was on as a substitute in a 1-0 first leg victory until the 65th minute, he stood in the return leg on 21 May 1997 in the starting lineup. Since Milan equalized the first leg defeat, the game was decided in extra time and then penalty shoot. Here, Max met for interim 3:1 before Marc Wilmot converted the decisive penalty.

After Max had not been so accurately in the following two years, he moved in 1999 to the 1860 Munich and was there in 2000 and 2002 respectively scorer. In the season 2002/ 03 Max lost his place at the 13 -years-younger Benjamin Lauth.

In the summer of 2003, he therefore moved to Hansa Rostock and was in the 2003/04 season best German striker with 20 goals in 33 Bundesliga games. After the 2003/ 04 season, he finished his career. Max graduated between 1989 and 2004 396 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 126 goals.


As top scorer in the Bundesliga he was requested by media for calling forth the team to the World Cup 2002. On April 17, 2002, he came to his debut in the dress of the DFB. However, the former Germany coach Rudi Voeller had him just eight minutes in the game against Argentina when he einwechselte him for Torsten Frings just before the end. A nomination for the World Cup but did not get Max.

After he was in 2003 /04 best German attackers, discussions about the now 35 -year-old attacker was again loudly to him to nominate for the 2004 European Football Championship in Portugal. Since Völler had not considered it in 2002, Max refused a comeback in the national team.

Successes as a player


  • DFB Cup with Borussia Mönchengladbach: 1995
  • UEFA Cup with FC Schalke 04: 1997


  • Scorer of the first Bundesliga: 2000, 2002

After the active career

Today, Max Martin committed to the youth football in his Max Martin Camp.

Coaching career

From November 2007 to 2010 Martin Max was with Daniel Hoffmann coach at the district division club TSV Grafing.

In the summer of 2010 he made his coaching A license.