Fire-threatening scorer, sympathetic bon vivant: Max Kruse is Werder Bremen’s best footballer and also makes off the beaten track again and again headlines. He is something special in the industry.
Spit, kick, behead, hoe, mouth: It was not long before Max Kruse’s funky bubble gum show made its rounds on the internet. “We did not even believe that it worked,” commented the attacker of Werder Bremen recently the crazy training number in the “ZDF” sports studio: “Nice that it worked.”
Max Kruse is the eye-catcher at Werder Bremen. And not just since the crazy chewing gum juggling with his teammate Justin Eilers on the edge of the Werder training a few weeks ago. Reliable regularity Kruse delivers headlines on the Weser. Mostly athletic, but also again and again off the course.
In times of smoothly controlled club communication and rehearsed uniforms, Kruse is a welcome splash of color. The 29-year-old loves fast cars, likes to play poker – and makes no secret of that. Only at the beginning of the year Kruse founded his own car racing team with the name Max Kruse Racing, last summer he vacated at a poker tournament in Las Vegas from a five-figure sum.
Bremen gives Kruse special position
“Everybody has hobbies, I do not think there’s anything bad about it, I go to the poker tournament and I do not drink alcohol, I do not know which is more unprofessional,” Kruse said on his TV appearance, referring to the alleged “long leash “was addressed in Bremen.
In Bremen, one really does not bother with the little extravagances of the likeable attacker, one especially appreciates the footballing class Kruses. “He definitely has a special position in our team because of his athletic quality,” Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt said: “But that always comes with a strong performance underpinning them.”
With 15 goals Kruse saved the Bremen in the past season almost single-handedly before the descent, and also this season it runs with eleven points scorer (five goals, six assists) around. The often praised game culture of North Germans has a lot to do with the individual class of Kruse.
Last DFB nomination in March 2016
Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking praised Werder on Friday night (20:30 clock): “Max is very important for the team.” He is goal-scoring, he is present, he tears Bremen is a lot of Kruse. ”
Given the current injury blight of Borussia would like to have a like the 14-time national player in his ranks. Especially since Kruse has a Gladbacher past. He played 77 games for Borussia between 2013 and 2015. Kruse collected 25 goals and 22 assists before moving to VfL Wolfsburg for twelve million euros.
But at the factory club, he could never really live up to his expectations. After some escapades outside the court Kruse was even short-term canceled by coach Joachim Loew in March 2016 from the DFB squad and then not appointed to the European Championship squad. Since then he waits in vain for a nomination.
After the turbulent year in Wolfsburg Kruse was faced with the decision whether he would continue to play in Germany or whether he goes abroad. “But then I decided that I do not have to hide and I want to stay in Ge