Stefan Kuntz confirms talks with the Turkish Football Association. He would like to sign the 58-year-old as the new national coach. However, a decision has not yet been made.
Stefan Kuntz has been with the DFB as a U-21 coach since 2016.
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As several Turkish media had initially reported, Kuntz is to succeed Senol Günes, who was dismissed a few days ago. The contact was apparently made by Hamit Altintop, who is part of the sports management of the Turkish federation. The German U-21 coach has even been to Istanbul, which has now been officially confirmed. “At the invitation of the Turkish Football Association, I was in Istanbul for the first time, but there is still no decision to be announced,” said Kuntz on Tuesday evening.
The former national player and European champion from 1996 already knows Turkish football from his playing days. From 1995 to 1996 he played for Besiktas and completed 30 games in the Süper Lig (nine goals, four assists).
Kuntz had dribbled around a clear DFB commitment
Kuntz had recently left his future at the DFB open again and again and declared that he wanted to deal with any inquiries “in order to then know for me what the right thing is”. In addition, he was disappointed with the selection process when looking for a successor to national coach Joachim Löw, also because a conversation announced by DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff had not taken place.
With the U-21 national team, which he led to the European Championship title in 2017 and 2021 and to the European Championship final in 2019, Kuntz had given the starting signal for the new European Championship qualification in the previous international match window – albeit a clear one Job knowledge dribbles around.