Under the stewardship of Thorsten Fink, Hamburg have had a new-look side these season. One of those ‘new’ faces in the side is diminutive winger Maximilian “Maxi” Beister. The twenty-two year old finally broken through with the Rothosen team after years building up his repertoire both in the Hamburg academy and reserve teams, as well as a two-year loan spell at Fortuna Düsseldorf. He has impressed for Hamburg so far, and should be a key player for the side in the years to come.
Born in Göttingen, Beister started out at Vfl Lüneburg at the age of eleven, and he stayed with the club until Hamburg came calling for him in 2004. After gradually making his way through the club’s ranks, he made his debut for Hamburg II, who were playing in the Regionalliga Nord (Germany’s fourth tier) in the 2008-09 season at the age of 17. He made sixteen further appearances for Hamburg II, scoring two goals in the process.
Having added goals to his game for Hamburg II, Beister was handed his debut for the first team in a Bundesliga encounter against VfL Bochum in November 2009. Beister made one further appearance for Hamburg that season, but his game time was mainly limited to playing for Hamburg II, for whom he scored nine goals in 24 games.
The season also saw Beister gain international experience, with him becoming a fixture in the Germany Under-19 team, before being moved up to the Under-20s. He scored five goals in 14 games for both age groups combined.
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A brief change of scenery
A change of scenery would prove to be the making of Beister. For the 2010-11 season, the tricky winger would spend the season on-loan at 2.Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf, who had the influential maverick Norbert Meier in charge. Beister’s first season as a regular in a professional league saw him score seven goals in 26 games in the second tier, with Düsseldorf overcoming a shocking start to finish in 7th place.
His form for Düsseldorf saw him rewarded with a call-up to the Germany Under-21’s, for whom he became a key player. In his thirteen caps for the team since his debut in 2010, he has scored six goals and should be a key player in the U-21 European Championship in Israel next summer..
After making a big impact in his first season at Düsseldorf, he was re-signed as the club aimed to return to the Bundesliga after a lengthy absence. This was achieved, courtesy of winning the play-offs after finishing third in the league. Beister played a crucial role in this, scoring 11 goals as well as providing numerous assists in 33 2.Bundesliga games for Fortuna. He was one of the 2. Bundesliga’ standout players and ready to show his prowess in the top division.
This season and future
Beister has appeared in 14 games for Hamburg this season, starting seven times and coming on as a substitute seven other league matches for a total of 687 minutes. This season, Beister has scored two goals-including a stunning strike in a 3-1 victory over Schalke-and one assist. After a slow start, he has now established himself in the side, having created 44 scoring opportunities and having taken 34 shots at goal, while completing 68% of his passing attempts. He has been utilised in a variety of positions by Thorsten Fink, impressing most when used as a left winger or second striker.
So, what does the future hold for Maximilian Beister? After breaking through to the Hamburg first-team after years of patience in the reserves and proving his quality on-loan at Fortuna Dussledorf, he looks set to continue to stamp his mark at the Imtech Arena. With his skill to run past players effortlessly, his crossing ability and his final ball superb, he has the hallmarks of a top footballer. With further game-time, he may just be the next in the long assembly line of talent coming out of the Bundesliga’s youth academies to break into the Germany national team. Either way, the future is bright and it looks set to include Maximilian Beister.
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