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US News U21 coach Stefan Kuntz - "At the right moment in the right place"

17:00  04 june  2021
17:00  04 june  2021 Source:   dw.com

U21-Coach Kuntz expects "50:50" duel against Denmark

 U21-Coach Kuntz expects Stefan Kuntz enjoyed the return to the Arena Sosto in Szekesfehervar with its U21 footballers after more than 60 days. © Marton Monus / DPA showed when graduating in the best mood: U21 coach Stefan Kuntz. The German U21 national coach grinned, joked and opened the final training before the EM quarter-final against Denmark (21.00 o'clock / prosieevie) with a short speech.

The German U21 juniors grab the EM crown on Sunday. Father of Success is the former national sternum Stefan Kuntz, who stands for the third time in a row with a DFB team in the final.

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He has already experienced too much to be able to hide from the applause in the hour of success. "Apparently I'm in the right place at the right moment," Stefan Kuntz said completely after the 2: 1 victory in the semifinals of the U21 European Championship against the Netherlands. "The job fits, my coaching team fits, my staff fits." After the new entry into the European Championship final prokel from all sides praise on Kuntz. Finally, the 58-year-old once again has an eleven of the largely nameless - except for semi-final Matchwinner Florian Wirtz and Ridle Baku still has no one's experience in the A-national team - shaped to a real team. "This team spirit, this team spirit, that's outstanding," pleased Kuntz.

U21-Coach Kuntz changes twice: Dorsch and Özcan NEW

 U21-Coach Kuntz changes twice: Dorsch and Özcan NEW The German U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz changes its starting element for the EM semi-final against the Netherlands on two positions. © Marton Monus / DPA has changed to two positions for the semi-final against the Netherlands: U21 coach Stefan Kuntz. The Niklas Dorsch locked in the quarter-final returns in the game in the Hungarian Szekesfehervar (21.00 pm / ProSieben) into the initial formation. Also new is Salih Özcan, who had come after the relegation match with his Club 1.

Since then he took over the coach item of the DFB juniors from Horst Hrubesch in 2016, it runs around for him. In 2017, Kuntz brought the EM title (1: 0 in the final against Spain), 2019 the ViceEurope Championship (1: 2 in the final against Spain). On Sunday, his team in the final in Ljubljana in Slovenia opposes Portugal again after the crown. And all are in agreement: without the "human catcher" Kuntz, who manages to talk to the best of the players in the collective, that would not have been possible.

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- the team (@DFB_Team) June 3, 2021

Master with Kaiserslautern, European champion 1996

When Stefan Kuntz celebrated his own greatest successes as a footballer , the current U21 international players were not yet born. In 1990, the striker with the 1st FC Kaiserslautern DFB Cup winner, a year later even German master. In 1991, Kuntz was chosen to "footballers of the year" to Germany's "Footballer of the Year", as the first one who had not disputed a single country until then. 25 should then follow, 1996 he became European champion. After the career end of 1999, Kuntz tried - initially with rather moderate success - as a coach, among other things at the then second division Waldhof Mannheim and Lr ahlen. "In retrospect, I was not a coach there, but wanted to continue the player's career," he says today.

The German U21 National Trainer and Her Achievements

 The German U21 National Trainer and Her Achievements Congratulations to the Great: The German football nationalists celebrated the U21 players for victory in the EM final. © Federico Gambarini / dpa DFB goalkeeper Manuel New was happy with the U21 team. "guys, congratulations. We all came together, you have made great, you have earned you, you were the best team at the tournament, "said Captain Manuel new in a video message. «What a fantastic performance," Thomas Müller tweeted.

1996 wurde Stefan Kuntz (3.v.l.) in England Fußball-Europameister © Bernd Weissbrod / dpa / Picture-Alliance 1996 became Stefan Kuntz (3.v.l.) in England Football European Champion

Kuntz studied sports management and became club-functional. From 2008 to 2016 he was Chief Executive Board of his longtime club 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In this role, Kuntz was quite controversial, he said in the undressing. He must "admit that I am no longer the right man at the right time," Kuntz said to the magazine "11 friends" at that time. At the German Football Association, he found a new home and again to himself. Players praise Kuntz for his open ear. "I first see the people and then the athlete, if I criticize someone, then I just criticize the footballer and never man," said Kuntz recently.

After the EM to Olympia

The U21 National Coach was for a long time as one of the top favorites on the succession of national coach Joachim Löw - marriage Hansi Flick made the race. A little dignified Kuntz worked that DFB did not even seek the conversation with him. His contract is still running until 2023. After the European Championship final on Sunday, Kuntz does not have much time to spread. Then the Olympic Games in Tokyo are at the door. Also there Stefan Kuntz will try again to "be in the right place at the right moment".

Author: Stefan Nestler (with DPA, SID)

Effenberg: This is the only solution for the Kimmich problem .
Stefan Effenberg sees in Joshua Kimmich the best option for the back right in the DFB team. The ex-national player also talks about the leader in front of the EM. © Provided by sport1.de Effenberg: This is the only solution for the Kimmich problem Stefan Effenberg sees in Joshua Kimmich the best possible right-back of the German national team. The ex-national player and Sport1 expert keeps the position for the "vulnerability" in the team of national coach Joachim Löw.

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