Technology: Other narrative about Max Kruse: More than a sloppy genius

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Max Kruse was given nothing, had to sacrifice a lot for his goal of professional footballer. This shows a new book about his career.

Max Kruse hätte ein großer Starkicker sein können - wenn er denn gewollt hätte. © Photo: Imago/Regios24 Max Kruse could have been a big starker - if he had wanted.

skepticism is offered when a biography of a soccer player appears that is still active. Rather, even if this player has not won anything noteworthy. No World Cup, no European Championship, not even a championship. But what the hell, the stories that Max Kruse currently played for VfL Wolfsburg has already written, are always more exciting than all Germans.

and the main story is that Kruse could have been a big starker - if he had wanted.

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wrote down the biography of journalist David Joram. The 32-year-old has recorded the career path of Kruse in detail and spoke to all conceivable companions, with his father Frank, with a number of teammates, with his consultants, even with a poker professional. Because that is also the story of Max Kruse, that of the player next to the square. Kruse loves poker, likes to travel to the large, expensive tables to Las Vegas - and often wins.

almost even more than as a footballer, he drew attention to himself in this country when he left a backpack with 75,000 euros in cash in a taxi at night in Berlin. The money, partly profits from the casino, never reappeared. Kruse finally stuck the image of the scandal professional. Kruse had previously failed at the German Football Association for the then national coach Joachim Löw. On the one hand,

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Kruse had not run through the common grid that the DFB provides for its elite kickers. For a long time he played at the Amateur Club SC Vier- and Marschlande near Hamburg, only at the age of 18 he switched to a professional club, SV Werder Bremen.

Kruse still does not drink sip alcohol

, and also fulfilled Kruse, even purely football-based, not all DFB requirements. Athletics and tactical discipline are top priority. Kruse, however, called “Nutella-Kruse” from teammates, called for chocolate cream, usually had a few kilograms on the ribs a few kilograms.

It makes the biography worth reading that it does not focus too much

on the narrative of the sloppy genius . It becomes clear that Kruse was not given anything, he had to sacrifice a lot for his goal of professional footballer. The 34-year-old does not drink alcohol to this day. His father Frank had appealed to him early on that nothing was achieved without hard work.

it becomes just as clear that

that Kruse's international career did not have to be over after 14 games. Kruse was (and is) the difference player in the technical jargon, one who can break out of the narrow tactical corset on the square. Because he - reporting players and coaches - is equipped with an outstanding game intelligence, recognizes situations faster than others.

Arnd Zeigler, journalist and stadium spokesman at SV Werder, indulges in Joram's “Zocker” in beautiful memories of the former Starker of Bremen: “Anyone who is a football romantic must like him. If he had the ball, you knew: Now everything can happen. ”

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