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With his enormous speed and measured crosses, he is the nightmare of every winger, who has to chase him endlessly. Philipp Max has been PSV's regular left back for years, but what lies behind the soccer player with whom Eindhoven already truly feels like home.
Was your father also the reason you started playing soccer?
"This of course made me want to turn pro myself. Yet I didn't just play football. I also skied and even competed. I dare say I was pretty good for my age!"
Do you still ski or do you now keep up other hobbies?
"I still like to do it, but here in Eindhoven it becomes difficult haha! Now when I get home from training I go and watch a series, for example. I now watch House of the Dragon and Rings of Power. I can really get totally absorbed in a world like that, love it!"
I understood that you also often go with me when your wife goes to work out?
"That's right, she's a very good rider so I regularly go with her when she goes riding. Then I watch from a distance. I wouldn't say I'm afraid of horses, but I appreciate the yards between us."
Why did you choose PSV two years ago?
"At FC Augsburg, my previous club, we were always playing against relegation. At PSV, I could play for prizes. Here you are expected to be better than the opponent every game. Furthermore, we play European soccer here every year, something I had only experienced once before with FC Augsburg."
Who among your teammates would you take for a pub quiz?
"If it's about soccer I would choose Joey Veerman, but if it's general questions I would take Boy Waterman. He is the oldest so hopefully knows the most."
Can you knock on the neighbor's door for a pack of sugar, too?
"We often chat with the neighbors, so that's definitely possible. There is also a couple who, like us, came from abroad to work here. We visit them regularly."
Is that also what you show friends when they come to Eindhoven?
"Yes indeed, they are always very curious about the city, so then I always take them to the center, where you can eat well in many places. And of course I then show them the stadium and the training complex."
Is there anything you miss from home?
"For the most part it is very similar here to where I am from, but sometimes I would like the weather to be a little more extreme. In Germany, for example, it's really cold and white in the winter. Here it's mostly wet. I really want to feel the seasons. And sometimes I miss currywurst. They don't make it anywhere like they do at home."