Max Kruse

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Max Kruse
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Kruse at 1LIVE Krone in 2014
Personal information
Full name Maximilian Kruse
Date of birth (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Reinbek, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 11
Youth career
1992–1998 TSV Reinbek
1998–2005 SC Vier- und Marschlande
2006–2007 Werder Bremen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Werder Bremen II 68 (7)
2007–2009 Werder Bremen 1 (0)
2009–2012 FC St. Pauli 96 (22)
2009 FC St. Pauli II 1 (0)
2012–2013 SC Freiburg 34 (11)
2013–2015 Borussia Mönchengladbach 66 (23)
2015– VfL Wolfsburg 11 (5)
National team
2006–2007 Germany U19 17 (6)
2007–2008 Germany U20 6 (1)
2008 Germany U21 1 (1)
2013– Germany 14 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:29, 22 November 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2015

Maximilian "Max" Kruse (born 19 March 1988) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Early years

Kruse was born in Reinbek, Kreis Stormarn, Schleswig-Holstein in the north-eastern periphery of Hamburg. He was raised in Reinbek[1] or in Hamburg.[2]

Club career

Early career

Kruse began his career with hometown club TSV Reinbek before he joined Hamburg-based SV Vier- und Marschlande in summer 1998. After more than seven years there, he was scouted by Werder Bremen in January 2006. On 4 May 2009, he signed a two-year contract with FC St. Pauli. During the 2011–12 2. Bundesliga, Kruse scored 13 goals and provided six assists as FC St. Pauli finished on 62 points in fourth place, missing out on the promotion playoffs on goal difference.[3]

SC Freiburg

Following his successful spell with St. Pauli, Kruse was transferred to Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in the summer of 2012.[4] Kruse made his competitive debut for his new club on 18 August 2012 in a DFB-Pokal match against Victoria Hamburg, which ended in a 2–1 victory as Kruse scored the opening goal and provided the assist for Sebastian Freis's winner.[5] Kruse made his home league debut on 25 August, scoring a goal in Freiburg's 1–1 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05.[6] Kruse helped Freiburg claim their first win of the Bundesliga season in their third game on 16 September, netting a goal and providing two assists in an enthralling 5–3 defeat of TSG Hoffenheim.[7][8]

Kruse helped seal an upset win over Schalke on 15 December, providing assists for first half goals to both Jan Rosenthal and Jonathan Schmid in a 3–1 away victory at the Veltins Arena.[9][10] On 16 February, he opened the scoring nine minutes before half time as Freiburg recorded their first win over Kruse's former club Werder Bremen in 11 years with a 3–2 away victory at the Weserstadion.[11]

Kruse netted twice in the second-half of Freiburg's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach on 30 March, securing a 2–0 victory for the club.[12] In Kruse's penultimate game with Freiburg on 11 May, he was awarded "Man of the Match" honours as he netted the winning goal in a 2–1 defeat of already relegated SpVgg Greuther Fürth, all but securing Freiburg an automatic spot in the Europa League group stage for next season.[13]

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Following a standout season with Freiburg, Kruse signed for Mönchengladbach on a four-year deal in April 2013.[14] Kruse made his debut for the club in Gladbach's loss to 3. Liga side SV Darmstadt 98 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on 4 August 2013.[15] He managed to score his first goal for the club on 17 August, firing in Gladbach's first goal in a 3–0 home victory over Hannover 96.[16] Kruse continued his scoring form on 31 August, netting Gladbach's third goal of a 4–1 home victory over his former club Werder Bremen.[17]

Wolfsburg

On 10 May 2015, VfL Wolfsburg signed Kruse on a four-year deal, after activating his release clause of €12 million.[18][19] He made his debut as a 70th-minute substitute on 1 August in the 2015 DFL-Supercup, and scored in the penalty shootout as Wolfsburg defeated Bayern Munich after a 1–1 draw.[20] On 8 August 2015, Kruse scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in the 4th minute of 4–1 win at Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.[21]

International career

Kruse was a member of the Germany U-19 that competed at the 2007 UEFA U-19 Championship and also featured for the under-21 team.[22]

Kruse received his first call up to the senior squad for a friendly against Ecuador on 29 May 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.[23] He provided the assist for Lukas Podolski's second goal of the match before being substituted for Dennis Aogo in the 79th minute. The match ended with a 4–2 victory.[24] Kruse scored his first goal for the national team in his second cap, scoring Germany's second goal in a 4–3 defeat to the United States in Washington, D.C. on 2 June, a game which celebrated 100 years of the United States Soccer Federation.[25] Despite Kruse's successful league campaign with Gladbach, he was omitted from the 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup in Brazil.[26]

During qualification for UEFA Euro 2016, Kruse scored twice in a 7–0 win over Gibraltar on 13 June 2015.[27]

International goals

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2013 RFK Stadium, Washington, USA  United States 2–4 3–4 Friendly
2. 13 June 2015 Estádio Algarve, Loulé, Portugal  Gibraltar 2–0 7–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
3. 7–0
4. 11 October 2015 Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany  Georgia 2–1 2–1

Career statistics

Club

As of 22 November 2015[28]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC St. Pauli 2009–10 29 7 2 0 - 31 7
2010–11 33 2 1 0 - 34 2
2011–12 34 13 1 0 - 35 13
SC Freiburg 2012–13 34 11 5 1 - 39 12
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2013–14 34 12 1 0 - 35 12
2014–15 32 11 3 2 7 0 42 13
VfL Wolfsburg 2015–16 11 5 1 1 3 1 15 7
Career total 207 61 14 4 10 1 231 66

Honours

Club

Wolfsburg

Personal life

In September 2013, German tabloid Bild named Kruses's camouflage Maserati GranTurismo as the ugliest car in the Bundesliga.[29][30] Kruse is an avid poker player and made it to the final table, finishing third, at the No-Limit 2–7 Draw Lowball event at the 2014 World Series of Poker on 18 June 2014, taking home $36,494 in prize money.[30][31]

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