Ladislav Maier

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Ladislav Maier
birthday 4th January 1966
place of birth BoskoviceCzechoslovakia
size 186 cm
position goalkeeper
Years station
1972-1988 Sokol Lazany
1978-1988 ČKD Blansko
Years station Games (goals) 1
1988-1989 JZD Drnovice
1990 Zbrojovka Brno 0 (0)
1990-1991 Gera Drnovice
1992-1998 FC Slovan Liberec 148 (0)
1998-2005 SK Rapid Vienna 161 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1995-2001 Czech Republic 7 (0)
1 Only league games are given.

Ladislav Maier (born January 4, 1966 in Boskovice ) is a former Czech football goalkeeper and current sports director.


During his time in the Czech league , Maier always played solidly but inconspicuously as a goalkeeper . In 1998, at the age of 32, he moved from Slovan Liberec to Rapid Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga . At first viewed with skepticism by many fans, Maier was able to show his skills immediately and saved two penalty kicks in his first game . He quickly became an absolute fan favorite and the idol of many young Austrian goalkeepers. In his seven-year career at Rapid, he played a total of 151 championship games, 13 cup games and 21 European cup games.

For four years, from 1998 to 2002, Ladislav Maier was the undisputed number 1 goal of the Hütteldorfer. From 2002 he increasingly had to give way to the young goalkeeper Helge Payer , who was slowly pushed by the coaching staff and built up as a regular goalkeeper. Maier remained sovereign during this time in a well-known manner and supported his goalkeeper colleague as well as he could. Not once did he complain about his demotion, but only acted for the good of the team and was a hugely important source of support for Payer. With Jürgen Macho's move from Chelsea to Rapid, Maier was only the third goalkeeper for half a season. Maier celebrated the high point of his career when he won the Austrian championship title in the 2004/05 season , after which he announced the end of his active career as a football player.

Maier played seven games for the Czech national team between 1995 and 2001.

After his active career, Maier became the sports director of his former club Slovan Liberec. Currently assistant coach at the Polish first division club Piast Gliwice.


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