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MAX Morlock, the namesake

The prize figure for the winners of the German Football Culture Prize bears the name MAX, in honor of the great club and national player from the 1940s to 1960s and world champion from 1954. Max Morlock was known as an exemplary athlete throughout his life and always remained despite his sporting successes humane and humble.

Max Morlock was born in Nuremberg in 1925 and grew up in the Gleißhammer district. After two years in the youth of SpVgg Eintracht Nürnberg, he moved to the then record champions 1. FC Nürnberg in 1940, where he played in the first team at the age of 16. After the war, he led the club to the German championship in 1948, which he was able to repeat again 13 years later. In 1961 he was voted Germany's Footballer of the Year and was later awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit. As a right half-forward, Morlock was both playmaker and goalscorer.

He played around 900 times in the first team of the Red-Blacks and scored almost 700 goals. At the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, he scored six goals for Germany, including the important 1: 2 tie in the final against Hungary. In addition to these sporting successes, it was above all his disciplined, down-to-earth and humble nature that made Max Morlock so popular far beyond Nuremberg's borders. In 1964 Morlock ended his career at the proud age of 39 and subsequently ran a lottery pool business.

He died in Nuremberg in 1994, but has not been forgotten to this day. Not only the older ones, who saw him on the pitch, like to remember their “Maxl”. To this day, Max Morlock is regarded as a sporting and human role model.

The MAX prize figures are made by the Nuremberg sculptor Robert "Bubi" Scholz. The trained stonemason studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and has been working as a freelancer since 1996. In addition to figurative and sculptural works in stone, plaster or terracotta, Scholz deals with graphic prints, watercolors and mosaics. So far, his work has been exhibited in Nuremberg, Fürth, Erlangen, Saarbrücken and Amsterdam.

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