Bratislava native Robert Mak was writing his first letters of the football alphabet even before he started school.  When asked who had introduced him to football, he replied: ”No one had to introduce it to me. I guess I inherited the football genes from my father, who had also played (as a boy, Robert had been in track and field), and then it just went on by itself. When I was a young boy, I just kept chasing the ball and really enjoyed it. That was when I first knew where I would be going."

ŠK SLOVAN BRATISLAVA  (1 July 1997 – 30 June 2006)

When he was six, he passed through the gates of Bratislava’s Tehelné pole stadium for the first time.  Why did he join the Sky Blues? Family tradition was the main reason. "The whole family was "Sky Blue", so, of course, they sent me to Slovan. I had already grown to love this club when I was a child. In those days they were playing really well and I had a wonderful football experience there," explained Robert about his relationship with Slovan.  He likes to remember the coaches he had. "I learned something from all of them; each of them definitely gave me something. I probably best liked the time we were coached by Alexander Zacharias and won the championship."  This happened toward the end of Robert's career at Slovan. "We should be grateful to Slovan because they taught me to play football, and it’s due to them that I’m actually where I am," as he summed up the eight years of his youth spent wearing the bright blue jersey, which ended in 2006. "Over time, I felt that I could do more than to play for Slovan and in Slovakia," as Robert suggested where he wanted to go next.  It had the English flavor of Manchester City.

MANCHESTER CITY (1 July 2006 - 30 June 2010)

How did Mak convince Manchester City’s coaches and officials to admit him to their football academy? "My manager had good contacts at this club and I was invited to try out. We played a friendly against Middlesbrough, winning 4-2, and I scored two goals,” he remembered. And they told me right away, ‘We want you!’ From then on I was theirs.” What was the most difficult thing Robert faced after he arrived in England? "Certainly the language, completely different people, and in fact, everything,” he replied. “I was very young, only fourteen. However, what really helped me was a year later when my parents came to stay with me and together we learned how to communicate in England. Whenever I would have a problem, I’d just talk to them, consult them. Even people at the club were very nice and they did everything to make me feel as good as possible."  Everything got easier after he learned the language. "I found friends I could talk to, which was great." A plus was finding himself in a club with compatriots - Vladimir Weiss, Jr. and Filip Mentel.
In addition to a new lifestyle, he had to get used to English football and the mentality. "Already in the junior teams it was becoming much harder, faster, more challenging. It was a giant leap and it was difficult in the beginning. However, over time, I just got into it."  Robert made the under-17 and under-19 teams, where in 2008 his team won the particularly vaunted FA Youth Cup (2008). He also played on Manchester City’s reserve team.
Even with the benefit of hindsight, he believes it was a good move to have gone to England at such young age:  ”Man City Academy taught me an awful lot. It was at a much higher level than at home, harder workouts, better matches... England poured tremendous strength, fighting spirit and fearlessness into me. They taught me everything about football and gave me a lot of lifetime experience. So it was easy to move to Germany, even without my parents."

1. FC NUREMBERG  (1 July 2010 - )

Why did he leave City and what made him transfer to 1. FC Nuremberg? ”Scouts from Nuremberg had come to see me play in a match against Manchester United. We won 2-1 and I contributed with a goal. Even at that time, City was buying up big stars to become a giant, in all aspects, “ argued Robert.  “So getting an offer to play in Nuremberg came in quite handy for me. I thought it would be better to go for it and give myself the option of playing in a top flight league."  He also received offers from the Netherlands and other German clubs, but what made him decide in favor of Nuremberg was the fact that it was a club that was giving young players opportunities.

Robert never consulted about making this move with Marek Mintal, a Slovak who had already become a star at 1. FCN, but he had noticed that Slovaks had fared very well at the club. ”I had never met Marek before, but I knew there were many Slovaks playing for them and they all felt at home there.  However, I made the decision myself after consulting my family. Together we discussed it and came to the conclusion that it would be the best choice."

His debut in the German Bundesliga came on 28 August 2010 in a match against SC Freiburg, when he was 19 years, 5 months and 20 days old.  He still had to wait a few months for his first goal. On 20 November 2010, he scored in a top German match for the first time at the age of 19 years, 8 months and 12 days.

In the 2010-2011 season he saw action in 22 Bundesliga matches and closed the season with a total of three goals.  The 2011-2012 season, his second with 1. FCN saw him play 17 matches in Bundesliga and score 2 goals.

How does Robert assess his past seasons in 1. FCN? "I was very young my first season, only 19 years old, and I was now playing against top teams, something I had not done before.  It was something new, something I had to get used to. And basically, it took me two seasons to do it. I got to know the competition and everything about them. I had never played at stadiums such as those in the Bundesliga and in front of such crowds.  I hope the third season is going to be "mine" because I know exactly what to do and how.  I am more experienced, stronger, I know what’s waiting for me before each match."  

In 2012, a year before his contract would have expired, it was extended to the summer of 2015. This is evidence that he feels fine in the club and sees good prospects with them. "I am still young and gaining more experience. Nuremberg is a very good club and I’m pleased to be staying here three more years. I’ve enjoyed Nuremburg quite a bit, although there have been difficult times and I even had thoughts of leaving... Fortunately, everything’s been resolved and now I’m very happy about it."

After a match during the 7th week of the Bundesliga season, where he was substituted after the first half, his emotions got the better of him and he tweeted a derogatory comment against coach Dieter Hecking. Although he subsequently apologized, he was fined by the club and sent down temporarily to the under-23 team. Two weeks later he returned to the main team. "I regretted it,” said Robert about the incident. “Perhaps I needed that slap in the face, and I believe I came back stronger after it. I haven't lost confidence in the coach and I’ll certainly make it up to him on the field."

However, after Dieter Hecking left, he was only given sporadic chances to play under new coach Michael Wiesinger. Only in the final three weeks of the 2012-2013 Bundesliga season could he fully demonstrate his abilities, and in those matches he was the best player on the team.