Marc-André Kruska (born 29 June 1987) is a German professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He currently plays for Landesliga club FC Frohlinde beside his job as assistant manager of VfL Bochum's U19 squad.
Kruska playing for Energie Cottbus in 2009
|Date of birth||29 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Castrop-Rauxel, West Germany|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
FC Frohlinde (player)|
VfL Bochum (U19 assistant)
|1994–1995||SC Arminia Ickern|
|2004–2009||Borussia Dortmund II||5||(4)|
|2017–2018||SC Paderborn II||8||(0)|
|2018||Werder Bremen II||15||(2)|
|2019–||VfL Bochum (U19 assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Castrop-Rauxel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Kruska started his career at SC Arminia Ickern and soon signed for VfR Rauxel 08, the team from his native village. In 1999, age 12, he was spotted by Borussia Dortmund and at the Westfalen Stadium he enjoyed his further training. Just 17, he made his debut in the first team against Kaiserslautern in 2004–05. On the final match day of that season, he scored his first goal against Hansa Rostock, making him the fourth youngest scorer ever in the history of the Bundesliga. As the best U18 player, he was also awarded the "Fritz Walter Medal".
The three following seasons confirmed his place in the starting line-up as defensive midfielder, bringing his total number of Bundesliga games to 98. After a half year and fifteen games in the Jupiler League for Club Brugge, he returned to Germany signing a three-year contract with FC Energie Cottbus on 28 July 2009.
On 3 January 2014, he joined FSV Frankfurt.
In January 2018, Kruska left SC Paderborn 07 for league rivals Werder Bremen II. In May, following Werder Bremen II's relegation from the 3. Liga, it was announced Kruska would be one of ten players to leave the club.
- "Kruska, Marc Andre" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- "Kruska wechselt von Paderborn nach Bremen". kicker Online (in German). 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- "Kazior beendet Karriere - Kruska und Co. verlassen Bremen II". kicker Online (in German). 22 May 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "Spielt Marc Kruska bald Champions League?". RuhrNachrichten (in German). 27 June 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "Zwei Ex-Dortmunder werden Trainer beim VfL Bochum". waz.de. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
- Marc Kruska im Frohlinder Trikot, lokalkompass.de, 20 July 2019
- Marc-André Kruska at WorldFootball.net
- Marc-André Kruska at Soccerway
- Marc-André Kruska at fussballdaten.de (in German)
- Marc-André Kruska at FuPa
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