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Max Merkel

Max Merkel
Personal information
Full nameMaximilian Merkel
Date of birth7 December 1918
Place of birthVienna, Austria
Date of death28 November 2006(age 87)
Place of deathPutzbrunn, Germany
Playing positionDefender

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Maximilian ("Max") Merkel (born Vienna, 7 December 1918 - died Putzbrunn (on the outskirts of Munich), Germany, 28 November 2006) was an Austrian football player and coach. The former Rapid player featured twice in a national team. "The Great Zampano" - as he was also called after the title of an Italian movie about a magician - whose motto was "with cake and whip" was one of the top coaches in the early years of the Bundesliga. He remains most closely associated to the halcyon days of TSV 1860 Munich in the early 1960s. His brand of Viennese humour, often exceeding the line to sarcasm, frequently spiced up the football scene.


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