Max Kruse Becomes Latest 1.FC Union Berlin Signing
Experienced Bundesliga Striker
Fresh off the back of one season in Turkey with Fenerbahce, Max Kruse has a wealth of Bundesliga experience under his belt.
The former Germany international has netted 74 times from 250 Bundesliga games, before adding a further seven while in the Süper Lig.
Kruse began his career with hometown club TSV Reinbek before joining SV Vier- und Marschlande in 1998. After seven years with the Hamburg-based club, he joined Werder Bremen but featured mainly for the reserve team.
The striker then joined FC St. Pauli and won promotion to the Bundesliga in his first season. He would go on to score 22 goals from 100 appearances for Kiezkicker before moving to SC Freiburg. During his one season with Breisgau-Brasilianer, he scored 12 goals.
Kruse then spent two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach and scored 25 times from 77 appearances in all competitions, before moving to VfL Wolfsburg. During his one season with Die Wölfe, the forward netted nine times and was part of the side that won the DFL-Supercup.
A move back to Bremen followed. He spent three seasons with his former club, netting 35 times from 92 outings before switching to Turkey. However, he left the Turkish club following a dispute over wages.
What Was Said
Speaking to the clubs’ official website, Kruse said: “I’m happy to be playing in the Bundesliga again and to get to know a cool new club like Union, who have developed really well in recent years.
“It was important for me to switch to a club that completely convinces and challenges me. During the conversations with those responsible at Union, I felt immediately comfortable, that’s why I decided to join Union.”
Oliver Ruhnert, Director for Professional Football at 1. FC Union Berlin, added: “With Max Kruse, we were able to sign a player who has proven his quality for years both nationally and internationally.
“With his offensive qualities and Bundesliga experience, he will help us achieve our goals in the new season.
“We’re very pleased that a player of this quality for free, had many options and decided to sign up with Union despite the fact that the payout was much higher, which shows that Union as a club can score points with other values.”