Kevin Kurányi

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Kevin Kurányi
Kevin Kuranyi 2011.jpg
Kurányi in 2011
Personal information
Full name Kevin Dennis Kurányi
Date of birth (1982-03-02) 2 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Dynamo Moscow
Number 22
Youth career
1988–1993 Serrano
1993–1994 Las Promesas Panama
1995 Sporting 89
1996 Las Promesas Panama
1996–1997 Serrano
1997–2001 Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 VfB Stuttgart II 33 (10)
2001–2005 VfB Stuttgart 99 (40)
2005–2010 Schalke 04 162 (71)
2010– Dynamo Moscow 97 (39)
National team
2002–2003 Germany U21 6 (2)
2002 Germany Team 2006 1 (1)
2003–2008 Germany 52 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Dennis Kurányi (born 2 March 1982) is a Brazilian-born German footballer who plays in the Russian Premier League for Dynamo Moscow.[1] He plays as a striker and possesses great aerial ability and finishing skills. From 2003 to 2008, Kurányi was part of the German national team, for which he scored 19 goals in 52 games.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to a German-Hungarian[2] father and a Panamanian mother. He eventually opted to play for the German national football team after being also qualified to play for Brazil or Panama.[3]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kurányi began playing football in 1988 for Petrópolis-based Serrano FC in Brazil, when he was six years old. In 1993 he transferred to Panamanian club Las Promesas, where he played for one year before going back to Serrano FC. Kurányi returned to Las Promesas in 1996 for a further year.

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

In 1997 he moved to Germany, enlisting at VfB Stuttgart's B youth team. After playing a few games in the Germany national under-21 football team, he signed his first professional contract for VfB in 2001.

Following on from his 33 matches and 10 goals for the amateur team, he played 99 matches for VfB Stuttgart's professional team, scoring 40 goals. He also took part in 22 European team championship games, scoring 10 goals. In the 2002–03 season of the Bundesliga, he was the top German goal-scorer and one of the main reasons for Stuttgart's second place finish in the league. That year, VfB and its "Junge Wilde" ("wild young ones"), comprising Timo Hildebrand, Andreas Hinkel, Alexander Hleb, Philipp Lahm, Imre Szabics and Kurányi, delighted Stuttgart fans with superb attacking football.

Schalke 04[edit]

Kurányi playing for Dynamo Moscow

He left Stuttgart during the 2005 summer transfer window to join Schalke, signing to 2009–10. At Gelsenkirchen, he finished top goalscorer for the team from 2005–08, while the team achieved three consecutive UEFA Champions League berths.

On 15 April 2008, Kurányi scored four goals in Schalke's 5–0 win over Energie Cottbus in a league match, the other being an own goal. Three days earlier, incidentally, Schalke were beaten 5–1 at Werder Bremen, with Kurányi also netting.

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

On 9 May 2010, it was announced that Kurányi would move to Dynamo Moscow on 1 July 2010[4] and signed a three-year contract.[5] After renewing his contract with Dynamo until 2015,[6] he became captain of the team in July 2012.[7] He netted two goals for Dynamo on 9 December 2012, to lift the capital club to a 2–1 victory over Terek Grozny.[8]

International career[edit]

Kurányi made his debut for Germany during the Euro 2004 qualifier against Lithuania on 29 March 2003. In his sixth appearance, the young striker netted Germany's final qualifying goal in their 3–0 defeat of Iceland. He played for his adopted country at the tournament's finals and at the 2005 Confederations Cup but was not selected for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

In 2006–07, he regained his touch and after an absence of 15 months, he was recalled to the national team, scoring during Germany's 3–1 win against Switzerland on 7 February 2007, in a friendly in Düsseldorf. In Germany's Euro 2008 qualifying match against the Czech Republic on 24 March, he scored both goals in the 2–1 victory. He was brought on during the second half of the Euro 2008 final against Spain for Thomas Hitzlsperger, but was unable to score in the 0–1 loss, receiving a yellow card in the process. Incidentally, the appearance in the final marked his 50th cap for Germany.

On 11 October 2008, Kurányi was left out of the 18-man squad to face Russia. After watching the first half from the stands with other unselected players, he left the stadium during the half-time interval and failed to return to the German team hotel. After this incident, German team coach Joachim Löw said that he would never again select Kurányi for the national team.[9] One of his advisors said of the incident to reporters "He decided what he for himself found to be right, which was to say I’m going home."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kurányi holds German, Panamanian, and Brazilian citizenship. Kurányi's favorite team is Brazilian club Flamengo.[11] He can speak German, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Hungarian.

His wife Viktorija Peličić is Croatian. They married on 28 April 2007 in Stuttgart. On 27 September 2005 Kurányi and his wife had their first child, a son named Karlo. Their second child, a daughter named Vivien Carmen, was born on 6 January 2008.

Career statistics[edit]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 12 March 2014
Club
Club Season Domestic league Domestic cup European competition Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
VfB Stuttgart 2001–02 5 1 2 1 0 0 7 2
2002–03 32 15 2 2 9 5 43 22
2003–04 33 11 3 1 8 3 44 15
2004–05 29 13 4 2 6 3 39 18
Total 99 40 11 6 23 11 133 57
Schalke 2005–06 30 10 4 1 12 3 46 14
2006–07 34 15 2 2 2 0 38 17
2007–08 32 15 4 2 8 3 44 25
2008–09 33 13 4 2 7 1 44 16
2009–10 33 18 4 2 0 0 37 20
Total 162 71 18 9 29 7 209 87
Dynamo Moscow 2010 16 9 0 0 0 0 16 9
2011–12 41 13 6 0 0 0 47 13
2012–13 27 10 3 1 4 0 31 11
2013–14 7 5 0 0 0 0 7 5
Total 91 37 9 1 4 0 104 38
Career totals 352 150 38 16 56 18 446 182

International career statistics[edit]

National team statistics[edit]

International
National team Year Friendlies International competition Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals
Germany
2003 3 0 4 1 7 1
2004 10 10 3 0 13 10
2005 10 1 5 2 15 3
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 3 2 6 3 9 5
2008 4 0 4 0 8 0
Career totals 30 13 22 6 52 19

International goals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kurányi wechselt nach Moskau" (in German). Der Spiegel. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kevin Kurányi". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Kurányi". BBC Sport. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Kuranyi bestätigt Wechsel" (in German). kicker. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "КУРАНЬИ – В "ДИНАМО"!" (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kuranyi bleibt in Moskau". Deutsche Welle (in German). 11 November 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kuranyi ist neuer Kapitän von Dynamo Moskau". Die Welt (in German). 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Terek Grozny 1 – 2 Dinamo Moscow". ESPNFC. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Löw won't nominate Kurányi again". dfb.de (in German). 12 October 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Kuranyi Leaves Stands, Gets the Boot From Loew". DW-World.de. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Flamenguista Kevin Kuranyi sonha marcar gol e derrotar o Brasil na final da Copa" (in Portuguese). esporte.uol.com.br. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 

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