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Bad week for Max Kruse: Down $100,000 and dropped from Germany

KAA Gent v VfL Wolfsburg - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

GENT, BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 17: Max Kruse of Wolfsburg reacts after a missed chance on goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match between KAA Gent and VfL Wolfsburg at Ghelamco Arena on February 17, 2016 in Gent, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Max Kruse has had a rough few days.

Back in October, the Wolfsburg forward left a bag of cash (a big bag filled with more than $80,000) in the back of a taxi after having a good night at the poker table.

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When the incident went public last week, Wolfsburg fined Kruse another $28,000 for his behavior reflecting poorly on the club.

Then days after that, Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs strangely criticized Kruse for eating too much Nutella.

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To cap off his tumultuous week, Kruse was not named in the German squad for their upcoming friendlies against England and Italy. Germany manager Joachim Low said Kruse’s “unprofessional” actions led to him being dropped from the team.

We need players who are focused on football and also understand their role as role models.

I talked with Max about what I expect from players on and off the pitch. His actions in the last weeks were unprofessional.


The 28-year-old has 14 caps for the German national team, scoring three goals for the side during their EURO 2016 qualification campaign.