Anyone who receives a short message from Max Kothny will see these four words in red letters in his profile picture: no salt, no life. They are attached to the facade of a restaurant in Istanbul owned by Nusret Gökce. The salt-throwing chef who once spoiled Franck Ribéry with a gold-leaf steak and reaped a decadent shitstorm that made him really well-known in Germany. Before Kothny became the youngest managing director in German professional football, he also worked as a grill master in a steak restaurant in Munich. Shortly after he had an interview at McDonald’s and then decided: I would like to do something more exciting. Kothny has always sought the salt for life. However, now, at the age of 25, he is also presented with a rather salty receipt.
In 2020, Max Kothny became the youngest managing director in German professional football under investor Hasan Kivran. Now, at the age of 25, he is going bankrupt with Türkgücü Munich. About a rapid rise and the question of who actually decided what.