Olympics 2020 football: who is the Germany men’s football manager?

Olympics 2020 football: who is the Germany men’s football manager?

Stefan Kuntz is the man in charge of taking Germany to the final stages of the Tokyo Olympics, where they hope to earn a medal.

The 58-year-old former striker has a wealth of experience in football as a player, coach, technical director, and chairman, having scored 179 Bundesliga goals.

He went on to manage Borussia Neunkirchen, Karlsruher, Waldhof Mannheim, and Ahlen after retiring from professional football in 1999.

Kuntz then returned to two of his previous teams, serving as technical director of Bochum for two years and chairman of Kaiserslautern for eight.

He left that position to become the manager of Germany's Under-21 team, which he led to victories in the European Championships in 2017 and 2021.

They were again runners-up in 2019, losing 2-1 in the final to Spain, with Nadiem Amiri's late goal serving as a mere consolation.

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Kuntz was named head coach of the men's squad for the Olympics after his remarkable success with the Under-21s and comprehensive understanding of Germany's brightest young players.

He has chosen three overage players: Maximilian Arnold of Wolfsburg, Amiri of Bayer Leverkusen, and Max Kruse of Union Berlin, all of whom have represented their country at senior level.

His team is in Group D with Brazil, Ivory Coast, and Saudi Arabia, with the top two teams progressing to the quarter-finals.

Kuntz is well-known among English football fans for his role in the Three Lions' penalty shootout elimination from Euro 96.

He equalized in the semi-finals just 13 minutes after England took an early lead through Alan Shearer, and he converted his penalty kick.

After that, he started in the final, which Germany won 2-1 thanks to a brace from Oliver Bierhoff.

Despite only scoring six goals for the national squad, Kuntz never lost a game for his country.

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