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Football: Former national player Max Kruse ends his career

The former national soccer player Max Kruse ended his career as a professional soccer player at the age of 35. In a live stream on Instagram, he announced that the time had come to start a new phase of his life. He also posted several photo collages that show him on the soccer field in recent years with the words “Thank you, professional soccer.” His management confirmed the decision to end his career.

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Kruse was selected for Germany 14 times. He also represented Germany at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Kruse last played for SC Paderborn and his contract there was terminated at the end of November. In Paderborn, Kruse has had regular injuries recently and only played five games. In total, he played over 350 first and second division games for Paderborn, VfL Wolfsburg, Union Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen, SC Freiburg and FC St. Pauli.

His former club Werder Bremen congratulated him “on an extraordinary career.” Kruse will remain with the Bremen fans – appearances in the Werder traditional team are already planned, as the club announced on X (formerly Twitter).

The former national soccer player Max Kruse ended his career as a professional soccer player at the age of 35. In a live stream on Instagram, he announced that the time had come to start a new phase of his life. He also posted several photo collages that show him on the soccer field in recent years with the words “Thank you, professional soccer.” His management confirmed the decision to end his career.

Kruse was selected for Germany 14 times. He also represented Germany at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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