Maximilian "Maxi" Thiel (born 3 February 1993) is a German professional footballer who plays for German club 1. FC Heidenheim in the 2. Bundesliga.

Maximilian Thiel
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Altötting, Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current team
1. FC Heidenheim
Number 21
Youth career
1998–2004 SV Gendorf Burgkirchen
2004–2011 Wacker Burghausen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Wacker Burghausen 76 (14)
2013–2014 1. FC Köln 5 (0)
2013–20141. FC Köln II 8 (2)
2014–2017 Union Berlin 34 (7)
2017– 1. FC Heidenheim 28 (6)
National team
2013–2014 Germany U20 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:23, 6 June 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Club careerEdit

Wacker BurghausenEdit

A product of the Wacker Burghausen youth academy, Thiel made his professional debut in August 2010 at the age of 17 in the 3. Liga against Rot Weiss Ahlen under coach Mario Basler.[1] In October of the same year he signed his first professional contract.[2] In the following years he developed into a regular then a key player and eventually into one of the most sought-after talents of the 3. Liga.[3] He made a total 76 appearances for the club.[4]

1. FC KölnEdit

At the start of the 2013–2014 season he moved to then 2. Bundesliga team 1. FC Köln[5] and at the end of the season the club won the 2. Bundesliga championship and got promoted to the Bundesliga.[6]

Union BerlinEdit

During the summer transfer window in 2014 he moved to Union Berlin on loan.[7] Thiel established himself in the starting line-up instantly and evolved into a key player. After a successful one-year loan deal, Union Berlin signed him on a two-year contract until 2017.[8] In October 2015, he was appointed as vice-captain and made a member of the team committee.[9]

In February 2016, he sustained an injury which kept him out of action for a long time.[4] In his time at the club, he played 33 matches scoring 7 goals and assisting 7 times.[4]

1. FC HeidenheimEdit

In May 2017, Thiel's signing of a two-year contract was announced by league rivals 1. FC Heidenheim.[4]

International careerEdit

He has been capped for Germany national under-20 team nine teams, scoring four goals.[10]

Playing styleEdit

At the beginning of his career he played more as a central midfielder, before switching onto the wing where he now plays as a left winger.[1] Besides his good technique and pace, the left-footed attacker is known for his powerful shot.[11]


  1. ^ a b Maximilian Thiel: So lässig kann eisern sein!, (in German)
  2. ^ Maxi Thiel bekommt einen Profivertrag, (in German)
  3. ^ Maximilian Thiel - Burghausens Youngster im Portrait mit Exklusiv-Interview, (in German)
  4. ^ a b c d "Thiel schließt sich Heidenheim an". kicker Online (in German). 17 May 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  6. ^ 1. FC Köln feiert Aufstieg in die Bundesliga, (in German)
  7. ^ FC-Angreifer Maxi Thiel wechselt zu Union Berlin, (in German)
  8. ^ Union bindet Maxi Thiel für zwei Jahre Archived 2015-11-16 at the Wayback Machine, (in German)
  9. ^ Stier, Sebastian (27 October 2015). "Benjamin Kessel ist neuer Kapitän". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  10. ^ "U 20-Männer: Maximilian Thiel" [U 20-men's: Maximilian Thiel] (in German). DFB. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  11. ^ NEUZUGANG MAXI THIEL: Mein linker Fuß ist eine Waffe, (in German)

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