Max Kruse

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Max Kruse
Kruse, Max StP 10-11.JPG
Kruse playing for FC St. Pauli in 2011
Personal information
Full nameMaximilian Kruse
Date of birth(1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 25)
Place of birthReinbek, West Germany
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubBorussia Mönchengladbach
Number10
Youth career
1992–1998TSV Reinbek
1998–2005SC Vier- und Marschlande
2006–2007Werder Bremen
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2009Werder Bremen II68(7)
2007–2009Werder Bremen1(0)
2009–2012FC St. Pauli96(22)
2009FC St. Pauli II1(0)
2012–2013SC Freiburg34(11)
2013–Borussia Mönchengladbach17(8)
National team
2006–2007Germany U1917(6)
2007–2008Germany U206(1)
2008Germany U211(1)
2013–Germany6(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013
 
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Max Kruse
Kruse, Max StP 10-11.JPG
Kruse playing for FC St. Pauli in 2011
Personal information
Full nameMaximilian Kruse
Date of birth(1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 25)
Place of birthReinbek, West Germany
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubBorussia Mönchengladbach
Number10
Youth career
1992–1998TSV Reinbek
1998–2005SC Vier- und Marschlande
2006–2007Werder Bremen
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2009Werder Bremen II68(7)
2007–2009Werder Bremen1(0)
2009–2012FC St. Pauli96(22)
2009FC St. Pauli II1(0)
2012–2013SC Freiburg34(11)
2013–Borussia Mönchengladbach17(8)
National team
2006–2007Germany U1917(6)
2007–2008Germany U206(1)
2008Germany U211(1)
2013–Germany6(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

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

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kruse began his career with TSV Reinbek before joined in summer 1998 to SC Vier- und Marschlande. After more than seven years here he was scouted by Werder Bremen in January 2006.[1] 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.[2]

SC Freiburg[edit]

Following his successful spell with St. Pauli, Kruse was transferred to Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in the summer of 2012.[3] 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.[4] Kruse made his home league debut on 25 August, scoring a goal in Freiburg's 1–1 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8][9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

Following a standout season with Freiburg, Kruse signed for Mönchengladbach on a four-year deal in April 2013.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

International career[edit]

Kruse was a member of the Germany U-19 that competed at the 2007 UEFA U-19 Championship and also featured for the Germany U-21.[17] Kruse received his first call up to the senior squad for a friendly against Ecuador on 29 May 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.[18] 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.[19] Kruse scored his first goal for the national team in his second cap, scoring Germany's second goal in a 4–3 defeat to United States on 2 June, a game which celebrated 100 years of the United States Soccer Federation.[20]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.2 June 2013RFK Stadium, Washington, USA United States2–43–4Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 November 2013[21]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FC St. Pauli2009–1029720-317
2010–1133210-342
2011–12341310-3513
SC Freiburg2012–13341151-3912
Borussia Mönchengladbach2013–1411710-127
Career total141401010015141

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kruse: „Mit dem FC St. Pauli so hoch wie möglich stehen“" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Matchday 34 – League Table". Bundesliga. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sport-Club verpflichtet Max Kruse" (in German). SC Freiburg. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Joker Freis erlöst den Sportclub spät" (in German). kicker. 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mainz fight back against Freiburg". Sky Sports. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Freiburg hit Hoffenheim for five". Bundesliga. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bundesliga: Freiburg 5–3 Hoffenheim". ESPN UK. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Freiburg cause a royal upset". Bundesliga. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Schalke 04 1-3 SC Freiburg". ESPN FC. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Werder Bremen 2-3 SC Freiburg". ESPN FC. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Doppelpack! Kruse ärgert Bald-Klub Gladbach" (in German). Sport Bild. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Europe beckons for Fürth-slaying Freiburg". Bundesliga. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Kruse Gladbach-bound next season". Bundesliga. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Darmstadt schafft die Sensation" (in German). Sportschau. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Erst Kruse, dann Kramer — die Neuen bringen Gladbach in die Spur" (in German). kicker. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen". ESPN FC. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Nationalspieler Max Kruse" (in German). dfb.de. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Germany to miss Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund players on team for US tour". The Washington Post. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Germany edge past Ecuador". Bundesliga. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "USA 4-3 Germany: Altidore snaps drought as Klinsmann's USA tops Germany". Goal.com. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "M. Kruse". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 

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