Max Kruse

Max Bennet Kruse (German pronunciation: [ˈmaks ˈkʁuːzə];[2] born 19 March 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a forward for Union Berlin.

Max Kruse
Fenerbahçe SK vs Gazişehir Gaziantep FK 19 Aug 2019 (cropped).jpg
Kruse with Fenerbahçe in 2019
Personal information
Full name Max Bennet Kruse[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth Reinbek, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Union Berlin
Number 10
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 69 (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)
2015–2016 VfL Wolfsburg 32 (6)
2016–2019 Werder Bremen 84 (32)
2019–2020 Fenerbahçe 20 (7)
2020– Union Berlin 9 (6)
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 28 November 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2015

Early yearsEdit

Kruse was born in Reinbek, Kreis Stormarn, Schleswig-Holstein in the north-eastern periphery of Hamburg. He was raised in Reinbek[3] or in Hamburg.[4]

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

 
Kruse with St. Pauli in 2011

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.[5]

SC FreiburgEdit

Following his successful spell with St. Pauli, Kruse was transferred to Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in the summer of 2012.[6] He 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.[7] Kruse made his home league debut on 25 August, scoring a goal in Freiburg's 1–1 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05.[8] He 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.[9][10]

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 Arena AufSchalke.[11][12] 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.[13]

Kruse scored twice in the second half of Freiburg's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach on 30 March, securing a 2–0 victory for the club.[14] In his penultimate game with Freiburg on 11 May, he was awarded "Man of the Match" honours as he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 defeat of already relegated Greuther Fürth, all but securing Freiburg an automatic spot in the Europa League group stage for next season.[15]

Borussia MönchengladbachEdit

 
Kruse with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2015

Following a standout season with Freiburg, Kruse signed for Borussia Mönchengladbach on a four-year deal in April 2013.[16] He made his debut for the club in Gladbach's loss to 3. Liga side Darmstadt 98 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on 4 August 2013.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

WolfsburgEdit

On 10 May 2015, VfL Wolfsburg signed Kruse on a four-year deal, after activating his release clause of €12 million.[20] 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.[21] On 8 August 2015, Kruse scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in the fourth minute of 4–1 win at Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.[22]

Werder BremenEdit

On 2 August 2016, Kruse re-joined Werder Bremen for a second stint at the club.[23][24] He scored his first goal for the club in his third league appearance on 3 December 2016, in a 2–1 win against Ingolstadt.[25] On 22 April 2017, he scored four goals in one match for the first time in his career as Werder Bremen came back from 0–1 and 1–2 deficits to defeat Ingolstadt 4–2 and maintain a 10-match unbeaten run.[26]

Ahead of the 2018–19 season, Kruse was chosen as the team's captain by manager Florian Kohfeldt.[27]

As of October 2018, he was the player with the longest active penalty scoring streak - 24 goals. He had not missed a single penalty in six years. His streak started on 7 April 2012.[28]

In May 2019, Kruse announced he would not extend his contract and leave the club following the 2018–19 season.[29][30]

FenerbahçeEdit

On 28 June 2019, Kruse joined Fenerbahçe on a three-year deal.[31] On 18 June 2020, he terminated his contract with the club citing unpaid wages.[32][33][34]

Union BerlinEdit

On 6 August 2020, Kruse returned to the Bundesliga joining Union Berlin.[35][36] On 3 October, he scored his first goal for Union and the game's opener in a 4–0 win against Mainz 05.[37] He then scored a penalty and assisted two goals in a 3–1 win against 1899 Hoffenheim on 3 November.[38] During a 5-0 win against Arminia Bielefeld on 7 November 2020, he scored a penalty to equalise Hans-Joachim Abel's Bundesliga record for most penalties scored (16) without a single miss.[39]

International careerEdit

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.[40]

Kruse received his first call up to the senior squad for a friendly against Ecuador on 29 May 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.[41] 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.[42] 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.[43] Despite Kruse's successful league campaign with Gladbach, he was omitted from the 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup in Brazil.[44]

During qualification for UEFA Euro 2016, Kruse scored twice in a 7–0 win over Gibraltar on 13 June 2015.[45]

Professional pokerEdit

Max Kruse
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s)None
Final table(s)1
Money finish(es)3
Information accurate as of 12 June 2016.

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.[46][47] In March 2016, Kruse was fined £20,000 and warned of his future conduct by Wolfsburg after it was revealed that he had lost £60,000 worth of poker winnings in the back seat of a taxi.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 28 November 2020[48][49]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Werder Bremen II 2006–07 Regionalliga Nord 12 0 12 0
2007–08 Regionalliga Nord 33 2 3 0 33 2
2008–09 3. Liga 24 5 24 5
Total 69 7 3 0 72 7
Werder Bremen 2007–08 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FC St. Pauli II 2009–10 Regionalliga Nord 1 0 1 0
FC St. Pauli 2009–10 2. Bundesliga 29 7 2 0 31 7
2010–11 Bundesliga 33 2 1 0 34 2
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 34 13 1 0 35 13
Total 96 22 4 0 100 22
SC Freiburg 2012–13 Bundesliga 34 11 5 1 39 12
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2013–14 Bundesliga 34 12 1 0 35 12
2014–15 Bundesliga 32 11 3 2 7 0 42 13
Total 66 23 4 2 7 0 77 25
VfL Wolfsburg 2015–16 Bundesliga 32 6 2[a] 1 9 2 43 9
Werder Bremen 2016–17 Bundesliga 23 15 1 0 24 15
2017–18 Bundesliga 29 6 4 2 33 8
2018–19 Bundesliga 32 11 4 1 36 12
Total 84 32 9 3 92 35
Fenerbahçe 2019–20 Süper Lig 20 7 3 0 23 7
Union Berlin 2020–21 Bundesliga 9 6 0 0 9 6
Career total 412 114 30 7 16 2 458 123
  1. ^ Includes 1 appearance in DFL-Supercup

InternationalEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year[50]
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2013 6 1
2014 4 0
2015 4 3
Total 14 4
Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Kruse goal.
List of international goals scored by Max Kruse
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States   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
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

HonoursEdit

Wolfsburg

ReferencesEdit

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