Kuranyi’s disappearing act given mixed reception

October 13, 2008

Kevin KuranyiThe great and the good of German soccer have been quick to condemn Kevin Kuranyi after the Schalke 04 striker walked away from the national team at the weekend.

Former Germany coach Franz Beckenbauer said Kuranyi’s behaviour was “ridiculous” and had overshadowed the good impression Germany made in their 2-1 win over Russia.

“He not only let the coach down but also his teammates,” the Kaiser wrote in his column for Bild newspaper on Monday.

“I can’t imagine he’ll ever play again for Germany,” he added. “He’d have to go down on his knees to (coach) Jogi Loew.”

But not all reactions were negative.

Christian Witt, a commentator for weekly magazine Focus, noted that the perennially undervalued Kuranyi had never complained about his treatment before, even when Juergen Klinsmann left him out of the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Despite hitting a rich vein of form, Loew had only used him for 41 minutes during Euro 2008 and still Kuranyi did not speak out, Witt said.

“The fact that the DFB and Loew have now thrown him out shows a lack of the respect that Kuranyi has deservedly earned in recent years,” he wrote.

What do you think? Was Kuranyi right to walk away? Or has he let his teammates and his country down and deserves his punlishment?

PHOTO: Former Germany player Kevin Kuranyi arrives to explain his walk out to a news conference in Gelsenkirchen, Oct 13. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender


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Posted by Kuranyi’s disappearing act given mixed reception | Soccer News Info | Report as abusive

The way Kuranyi staged his national team exit can be viewed as being a bit childish and all, but overall I can understand him.

I find Jogi Löw’s squad selection highly hypocritical. Publicly he states that names and status don’t count, that he only values current form and performances. Realistically he follows his guidelines whenever he sees fit. Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose are doing anything but performing great for Bayern Munich, yet they are consistently Löw’s first choice strikers, whether they have a good game for the national team or not. Admittedly. this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Especially Podolski is consistently repaying Löw’s confidence and trust in him with goals. But that’s the point. Löw believes in those players, but he tries to keep the illusion that everyone else has the same chances as them.

Kuranyi, in his own childish way, simply reacted to that, especially because he really has been treated with anything but trust and confidence by Klinsmann/Löw. He wasn’t in great shape ahead of the World Cup, so not nominating him might be understandable, if there would have been a better alternative. But Klinsmann nominated Mike Hanke – does anyone even remember that he was part of the WC squad? – who performed just as bad if not worse than Kuranyi in the league. Different to Kuranyi he wasn’t even an established player or anything. So Kuranyi had to swallow the pill of not being part of the once in a lifetime chance of a World Cup in his home country. He reacted positively and consistent performances for Schalke earned him a recall to the national team. His goals (especially against the Czech Republic), helped the team qualify for the Euros, yet he would again be at the very end of the pecking order with senior citizens like Oliver Neuville getting more trust and game time than him.

So, why should he be willing to play the same game forever? Especially since it seems to have had quite an impact on his psyche. Otherwise he wouldn’t have overreacted that way. Löw will be happy, because he easily got rid of a player who isn’t and wasn’t a top priority for him anyway. Kuranyi will be happy, because he got rid of this psychological weight on his shoulders. Maybe this will even help him regain his best form for Schalke…

Posted by Jan | Report as abusive

I did remembered Mike Hanke, Jan. 😉

Anyhow, the club general manager Andreas Mueller said this: “I am not prepared to deal him a further blow – quite the opposite.” (http://www.sportinglife.com/football/ov erseas/germany/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_ NAME=international_feed/08/10/13/SOCCER_ Ger-Schalke_Kuranyi.html&TEAMHD=germany)

Maybe the absence of Kuranyi on the national team will be a boost to Schalke. That is how I see it. And somehow, what Mueller also said in the same link on Kuranyi stands out: “He simply felt there was a campaign against him.”

Now come to think of it, I kind of saw this coming. Being down in the pecking order in the national team when Klose and Podolski are always more or less guaranteed a start in the starting XI.

Posted by diana | Report as abusive

When is the last time that KK
a) played a good game for the national team or
b) scored a goal for the national team?

Let him walk…..

Thomas Nehrmann

Posted by thomas nehrmann | Report as abusive

thomas nehmann u need 2 play 1st 4 a good game or score a goal,

Posted by midou | Report as abusive

Wow. Interesting. http://www.soccershop.com

Posted by karen | Report as abusive