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Martin Schneider has represented the Czech Republic on the international stage. Schneider played for Skokani Olomouc in the 2005 Extraliga season; the teenager hit .239/.333/.310 and had a 5-6, 5.04 record. He was among the leaders in complete games (3, 3rd), innings (96.3, 3rd), strikeouts (58, 8th) and wins (tied for 7th). In '06, he was 4-5 with two saves and a 3.17 ERA and hit .312/.409/.459; defensively, he struggled with a .870 fielding percentage and 22 errors. He was among the leaders in total bases (50, tied for 7th), slugging (8th), walks (tied for 7th, 17th), complete games (3, tied for 1st) and strikeouts (71, 4th).
In 2007, Martin moved to Extraliga dynasty Draci Brno. He hit .338/.435/.407 and was 6-1 with a 1.83 ERA; he was among the leaders in average (tied for 9th), ERA (9th) and wins (6th). He debuted for the Czech national team in a start against Italy in the 2007 European Championship; he gave up 7 hits and 4 runs in two innings, including a Jack Santora homer, before being replaced by Radek Procházka.
Schneider hit .321/.408/.404 in 2008 and was 7-1 with a save and a 1.13 ERA, allowing only 49 hits and 15 walks in 72 innings. He was second to Radek Procházka in ERA, was third in opponent average (.188, .006 behind Procházka), tied for fourth in steals (15 in 15 tries) and tied for fourth in doubles (9).
In the 2008 World University Championship, Martin batted .235/.278/.353 with 3 steals in 3 tries and was 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA. He had the second-best ERA on the Czech team. He tied for fifth in the event in steals, two behind leader Keijiro Matsumoto. During the 2008 European Championship Qualifiers, Schneider was 4 for 7 with two doubles, a triple, 3 runs, 4 RBI and a steal for the Czech team and tossed four shutout innings, fanning six to help the country win a spot in the 2010 European Championship. In the 2009 European Cup in Regensburg, Martin hit .167/.231/.250 with two steals in two tries and went 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA, beating Olimpija Karlovac.