For most players, a professional debut is a career highlight, a moment they can look back on once they’ve retired and reminisce about the ‘good old days.’ 19-year-old Rapid Vienna defender Maximilian Hofmann, however, might want to forget his first league appearance.
Starting in his club’s Austrian Bundesliga match against Sturm Graz, Hofmann was sent off within the first 45 seconds of the game for denying Sturm Graz a clear scoring opportunity inside his team’s box. Sturm Graz would convert the penalty, but thankfully for Hoffman, his team would still dominate the match and win 4-2, despite playing with just 10 men for almost the entirety of the match.
That’s definitely a tough debut for any player, but at least things can only get better, right? So long as Hoffman doesn’t get thrown out within the first 30 seconds of his next match, we’re sure he’ll turn out just fine.