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- Robbie Thomas Kruse (born 5 October 1988) is a football (soccer) wide playing striker who currently plays for Melbourne Victory and signed with german side Fortuna Düsseldorf on a three year contract beginning with the 2011/12 season.
Kruse made his first appearance for the Victory on 13 September 2009 against Wellington Phoenix after replacing Ney Fabiano at the 58th minute. He scored his first goal for the Victory in the 4-0 demolition of Gold Coast United on November 28, 2009.
A highlight of Kruse's professional career was when he scored a first half hat trick on the 16th January 2010 against the Perth Glory. The Victory went on to win 6-2 as the Glory had no answer for Kruse's pace and well timed runs.
During the 2010/11 A-league season, Kruse continued to improve, becoming one of the league's best strikers recording nearly a goal a game throughout the season.
Following his impressive form for the Victory, Kruse signed with german side Fortuna Düsseldorf on a three year contract beginning with the 2011/12 season.
On 28 December 2010, following his impressive level of play in the A-League Kruse was selected in the Australian national team's 23-man squad for the 2011 Asian Cup. On the 5th of January he made his Socceroos debut coming off the bench against UAE in a pre Asian Cup friendly match. On the 25th of January 2011, Kruse scored his first international goal against Uzbekistan in the semi final of the Asian Cup. Australia won the match 6–0; Kruse scored the final goal of the match. They progressed to the final, and Kruse came off the bench once again and almost scored a header with his first touch of the ball. Australia were eventually beaten 1-0 in extra time.