Midfielder Robbie Kruse
- Height 179cm
- Weight 70kg
- D.O.B. 5/10/88
- Born Brisbane
Club: VfL Bochum
Previous clubs: Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bayer Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart, Liaoning Whowin
Caltex Socceroos cap number: 542
Debut: 05/01/2011 v United Arab Emirates
Though he has been a regular in Caltex Socceroos squads since his debut, Kruse will get his first opportunity to play at a World Cup after injury ruled him out of Brazil 2014.
The pacy winger began his career with Brisbane Roar but truly shone at Melbourne Victory, winning their Young Player of the Year title twice and being selected in the PFA Team of the Season for 2010/11.
Kruse's form won him a move to Fortuna Dusseldorf and, after impressing there, he made the step up to Bayer Leverkusen and the Champions League.
An unlucky run with injuries eventually saw him head to China in search of a fresh start, but it's back in Germany with VfL Bochum that the attacker has rediscovered his best form.
Best Caltex Socceroos moment:
Kruse was a key contributor to Australia's 2015 AFC Asian Cup success, starting five of six games including each of the knockout matches. The highlight was a 4-0 victory over Oman in which he netted the second goal and was named man of the match.
Hyundai A-League connection:
Kruse marked himself out as an early star at Brisbane Roar, although his most productive campaign was a return of 11 goals in 19 appearances in 2010/11.
Did you know?
Kruse scored the winning goal on his Hyundai A-League debut against Wellington Phoenix, on his 19th birthday.
World Cup Qualifiers for 2018
Day 26 Wrap: Anticipation building as 2018 FIFA World Cup™ gets underway
Excitement is building in the Caltex Socceroos camp ahead of their FIFA World Cup™ opener with the squad ramping up their preparations behind closed doors in their penultimate training session before Saturday’s clash with France. And after another crucial session where they ag
Caltex Socceroos squad: Attackers
Bert van Marwijk has settled on his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with the attacking options sure to excite Caltex Socceroos fans. The seven players to have made the cut for Russia offer a good mix of speed, power, flair and – most importantly – goals, Here’s a
Day 16 Wrap: ‘It’s all tactical, we’re working on the starting XI’
Caltex Socceroos attacker Robbie Kruse has explained some of the behind the scenes training work he and teammates have been put through by coach Bert van Marwijk as the FIFA World Cup™ edges closer. With the Caltex Socceroos still in Turkey before travelling to Budapest to tak
Squad Status: Unheralded attacker’s rich scoring season
Caltex Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk has confirmed his extended 26-man squad which will assemble in Turkey for a crucial pre-FIFA World Cup training camp. We’ve already looked at the options in goal, at the back and in midfield so today it’s the turn of the attackers. And
Aussies abroad: Rogic scores as Celtic clinch Scottish title
Caltex Socceroo Tom Rogic got his name on the scoresheet to help Celtic clinch the title against arch-rivals Rangers in Scotland overnight. The midfielder was part of an emphatic Celtic performance as they beat Rangers 5-0 on Sunday night (AEST) to clinch a seventh-straight S
Aussies Abroad: Kruse bags a double in Bochum’s win
Caltex Socceroos winger Robbie Kruse has enjoyed a day to remember in the 2.Bundesliga, scoring a brace in Bochum’s win over Erzgebirge overnight. Kruse scored either side of an equaliser by the visitors as Bochum held on for a 2-1 win at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. The 29
Socceroos Spotlight: Sainsbury's surprise new role, Kruse a class above
Trent Sainsbury's much-anticipated first start in Switzerland contained an unexpected twist that earned the admiration of his manager. There was adulation for Robbie Kruse's latest performance in Germany, while Jackson Irvine's quality has been touted by a former coach. Cat
Aussies abroad: Kruse on target in Germany
Caltex Socceroos winger Robbie Kruse found the target in Germany to help VFL Bochum to a huge upset in the 2.Bundesliga overnight. Kruse netted his side’s second goal as they stunned league-leaders Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 away from home. Played in behind by Lukas Hinterseer,
Kruse hopeful of 'extra sweet' FIFA World Cup spot
Caltex Socceroos winger Robbie Kruse admits he has extra incentive to achieve the FIFA World Cup dream that was cruelly robbed from him in 2014. Kruse, then impressing in his debut season at Bayer Leverkusen, was due to play a key part in Australia's attempt to escape a tough
Aussies Abroad: Kruse stars again in Germany
Robbie Kruse will head into Caltex Socceroos camp in confident mood this week after continuing his impressive form with 2.Bundesliga outfit VFL Bochum overnight. The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory flyer had an assist as Bochum came from two goals down to beat Sandh
Aussies Abroad: Kruse’s Bochum beaten in 2.Bundesliga
Robbie Kruse’s Bochum have headed into the 2.Bundesliga winter break on the back of a loss after going down 2-1 to St Pauli on Tuesday morning (AEDT). The Caltex Socceroos winger played the full 90 minutes for Bochum as they were edged out 2-1 at the Millerntor Stadion in Hamb
In-form Kruse scores the winner in Germany
Robbie Kruse was the hero for Bochum in the 2.Bundesliga overnight, scoring the only goal of the game in his side’s win over Jahn Regensburg. The Caltex Socceroo struck after just seven minutes at the Continental Arena to make it six games unbeaten in the league. On a frost