Midfielder Robbie Kruse

  • Height 179cm
  • Weight 70kg
  • D.O.B. 5/10/88
  • Born Brisbane
Jersey Number
10

Biography

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 2018

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