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Many thanks and all the very best, Ditte!

FC St. Pauli and Maximilian Dittgen are parting company after two seasons together. The fleet-footed forward, who joined the Boys in Brown from SV Wehen Wiesbaden in the summer of 2020, made a total of 59 competitive appearances for the club, scoring eight goals himself and making another four. 

When Dittgen was unveiled, head coach Timo Schultz said he was looking forward to "a versatile attacking player" who had "impressed above all with his incredible pace". His expectations were to prove well-founded. Dittgen, who learned his trade at MSV Duisburg, FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund and FC Nürnberg, was always among the best when it came to sprint and running stats. With his pace, he posed a major threat on the opposition goal, providing immediate evidence this on his home debut against Heidenheim by getting on the scoresheet in a 4-2 win. Another seven goals, including a brace at Heidenheim, were to follow. 

Dittgen was a regular starter in the first half of the 2020/21 season, mainly on the left wing, and with his inimitable style of play showed exemplary commitment in all his 59 outings (54 in the league and 5 in the DFB Cup). In the successful back half of the campaign and at the start of the season just ended, however, he was mainly reduced to the role of substitute. "You can't let up an inch because otherwise someone will overtake you," said Dittgen once on the fierce competition for places in the squad. In the role of squad player, the ambitious forward, who featured primarily in attack rather than on the flank last term, always went flat out in training to stake a claim for a pace in the starting XI, often with success. His last appearance in a St. Pauli shirt came in the 2-0 home win over Fortuna Düsseldorf on the final day. Off the pitch, Dittgen captivated others with his open and honest manner and his reputation for liking a joke.

Thanks for your unflagging commitment over the last two years, Ditte, and all the very best for your professional and personal future!



Photos: FC St. Pauli/Witters