Róbert Mak ([ˈɾɔːbɛɾt ˈmak]; born 8 March 1991) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays for Konyaspor and the Slovakia national team as a right winger.
Mak, a native of Bratislava, began playing football at the youth squad of the local club Slovan Bratislava. When he was 13, he joined Manchester City Academy. There he played with his countrymen Vladimír Weiss and Filip Mentel. He progressed to Manchester City Reserves aged 17, but never got a chance at the senior squad. He is a 2007–08 FA Youth Cup winner.
1. FC Nürnberg
On 11 June 2010, he signed a three-year contract for 1. FC Nürnberg for an undisclosed fee. He enjoyed time on the pitch right from the start and completed the season in Germany's top flight with 22 appearances established himself as a dependable option on the right flank of the attack. He scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 1–3 defeat against 1. FC Kaiserslautern on 20 November 2010. He stayed in the club for four seasons, however their relegation to second-tier football coincided with the expiration of his contract. Legia Warsaw made an attempt to sign with him, but PAOK's offer and the opportunity to play in the UEFA Europa League brought him at Toumpa Stadium.
On 19 July 2014, he signed a three-year contact with PAOK playing in Super League Greece. He enjoyed time on the pitch right from the start, and helped PAOK to lead the championship until December 2014, but poor results made the club fall in the league table to third place. On 22 February 2015, PAOK returned to winning ways after beating Veria 3–1 which ended a disappointing period of bad results for the club. He completed the 2014–15 Superleague Greece season with seven goals (third in his first season after Facundo Pereyra and Stefanos Athanasiadis) and five assists (second after Giannis Skondras).
On 16 July 2015, in the preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League PAOK was beaten 2–1 in the first leg in Croatia against Lokomotiva with Mak scoring the lone goal. In the second leg against Lokomotiva Zagreb, Mak scored a brace, with one of them being a right footed shot from more than 35-yards out, in a 6–0 win to advance. On 20 August, in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League playoffs against Brøndby IF, Mak had a hand in all five goals, as he netted a hat-trick, created the second goal, and teed up Garry Rodrigues for the third. On 12 September, in his third appearance for the 2015–16 season he scored his first goal in a 3–0 away win against Veria. Two weeks later, he scored in extra time giving his club the victory against Atromitos. On 1 October, in a home match against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, Mak contributed a 34th-minute goal in a 1–1 draw. In late October, it was reported that Mak was in talks with the club regarding a contract extension until 2019. On 5 November 2015, Mak reduced the club side's arrears in added time in a 2–1 away loss for Europa League against FC Krasnodar. On 30 November, he was substituted off the pitch in a 3–1 win over Kalloni after sustaining a knee injury. On 6 December, he gave the lead by scoring the first goal in a 2–1 home win against Panionios. Four days later, he scored his ninth goal in this year's Europa League to force a surprise defeat on Borussia Dortmund, who qualified in second place from Group C despite the loss. Mak ran onto a Giannis Mystakidis throughball, knocked it beyond goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and cut home from a tight angle.
On 30 January 2016, he gave the lead to his club after an assist from Dimitris Pelkas, in a 1–1 home draw in the 20th day of the league against Atromitos. On 4 March, after the episodic semi-final derby for the Greek Cup against champions Olympiacos, that never finished due to excessive episodes, Mak received four match ban and a €250 fine after his red card. On 11 April, in his return to action scored sealing a 2–0 home win against Levadiakos. After a good season with the club, PAOK, according to Real News, started negotiations offering to the player double wages on a new three-year deal.
After a successful UEFA Euro 2016 with the national team, Mak was no longer considered to be a member of PAOK, as the Slovak winger had farewelled all his teammates and the members of the club at the pre-season squad's hotel in Netherlands. The administration of the Greek club confirmed that there were three official transfers bids for him and he had taken leave of absence, in order to start negotiations with the interested sides.
Zenit St. Petersburg
On 22 July 2016, Zenit Saint Petersburg and PAOK officially announced the transfer of Mak to the Russian club, for about €3.5 million. The 25-year-old international, who had scored 20 goals in 45 appearances with the Greek club during 2015–16 season, passed the medical examinations and signed a four-year contract with the 2007–08 UEFA Cup winners.
Mak scored his first goal for Zenit on 11 September in a match against Arsenal. He came on the pitch on the 46th minute, substituting Oleg Shatov and scored 20 minutes later, on the 66th minute. Mak scored the third goal in the match, which Zenit won by 5–0.
After a poor season, despite a good early start, Mak was linked with a move back to PAOK for the next season on a loan basis. PAOK would cover 60% of his contract by paying €800,000 while the player's purchase clause would be set at €2.5 million.
On 3 August 2017, Mak opened the score in a 2–0 home win game for the 2st leg of UEFA Europa League third qualifying round against Olimpik Donetsk, after an assist of Diego Biseswar. It was his first goal after his return to PAOK. It was reported, that PAOK did not intend to sign Mak permanently in the summer of 2018. He scored five goals in 37 official performances in all competitions during 2017–18 season.
On 30 January 2020 Mak's signing with Konyaspor was announced. After being adviced by Zenit's manager, Sergei Semak, that his play time may continue to remain limited, due to high number of foreigners in the squad, Mak had moved to the Süper Lig side to maintain play time, to be of use for the national team.
Mak was called up to the national team for a friendly match vs. Denmark that was held on 15 August 2012, but remained an unused substitute. He made his debut for Slovakia national team against Belgium on 6 February 2013 as a 61st-minute substitute for winger Miroslav Stoch. Belgium defeated Slovakia 2–1. On 8 September 2014, Slovakia have begun their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification with a 1–0 away win against Ukraine. Even though Ukraine were better at the start of the match, Jan Kozak's side took the lead in the 18th minute, when Mak drifted in off his flank and was put clean through on goal. Mak was able time to steady himself, take a touch, get his head up and pass the ball into the near post to give the visitors the lead, and eventually the victory. The moment was later recalled as the beginning of a successful qualification, which led to Slovakia's first appearance at the European Championship. On 17 November 2015, he scored two goals for first time in his international career against Iceland in a preparation friendly match for Euro 2016. He won his first trophy with Slovakia in 2018, when Slovakia won the 2018 King's Cup. Mak played in both games against UAE (2–1 win) and Thailand, scoring the second goal of a 3–2 victory in the final match against the home side.
- As of 26 May 2019
|1. FC Nürnberg||2010–11||22||3||0||0||0||0||22||3|
|Zenit St. Petersburg||2016–17||17||4||2||1||8||1||27||6|
- As of 16 November 2019
- As of match played 9 September 2019. Slovakia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mak goal.
|1||15 November 2013||Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland||7||Poland||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||5 March 2014||Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel||8||Israel||3–1||3–1|
|3||8 September 2014||Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine||12||Ukraine||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
|4||12 October 2015||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||22||Luxembourg||3–0||4–2|
|5||13 November 2015||Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia||23||Switzerland||3–2||Friendly|
|6||17 November 2015||Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia||24||Iceland||1–0||3–1|
|8||11 October 2016||Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia||33||Scotland||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||25 March 2018||Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||43||Thailand||3–2||2018 King's Cup|
|11||16 November 2018||Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia||49||Ukraine||4–1||4–1||2018–19 UEFA Nations League B|
|12||9 September 2019||Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary||56||Hungary||1–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
- Greek Cup 2017–18
Zenit Saint Petersburg
- Russian Premier League: 2018–19
- King's Cup:2018
- Peter Dubovský Award: 2011, 2012