Stefan Kuntz (born 30 October 1962) is a German former professional football striker. He played for the German national team between 1993 and 1997, reaching the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals and winning UEFA Euro 1996. He scored six goals from 25 full caps including in the Euro 96 semi-final elimination of England. He has coached the German under-21 team since 2016.
|Date of birth||30 October 1962|
|Place of birth||Neunkirchen, West Germany|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Germany U21 (Manager)|
|1986–1989||Bayer 05 Uerdingen||94||(32)|
|1989–1995||1. FC Kaiserslautern||170||(75)|
|2004–2005||FC Palatia Limbach||10||(1)|
|1983–1985||West Germany U-21||4||(3)|
|1986||West Germany B||1||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Kuntz's playing career lasted from 1983 until 1999. He made 449 appearances and scored 179 goals in the Bundesliga. Kuntz played for VfL Bochum, Bayer 05 Uerdingen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Arminia Bielefeld and also played in Turkey for Beşiktaş J.K. In 1986 and 1994, Kuntz was the top scorer in the Bundesliga.
In 1995, Kuntz joined Turkish side Beşiktaş following request of his compatriot coach Christoph Daum. Kuntz made his 1.Lig debut on 13 August 1995 in an away game against Kayserispor that ended 1–1. On 24 September 1995, he scored his first goal at week 5 home encounter against Istanbulspor which ended 5–2.
At Euro '96, Kuntz played a key role in the 1–1 draw with England in the semi-final, scoring the equalizer soon after England took the lead, as well as scoring the fifth penalty later in the shootout. During his international career, Kuntz obtained 25 caps, scoring six goals. None of these caps ended in a defeat for Germany (20 wins and five draws), which is the German record for most caps without defeat.
On 11 August 2017, Kuntz signed a new contact until 2020.
- Kuntz's father, Günter Kuntz, played for Borussia Neunkirchen between 1964 and 1968.
- Kuntz is a first cousin of singer Andy Kuntz of progressive metal band Vanden Plas.
- The video to the 1998 version of the song "Three Lions" portrays a match between a group of English fans and their German equivalents, most of whom have the name "Kuntz" printed on the back of their football shirts (except for one, who instead has "Klinsmann") because of its similarity to the disparaging vulgarity "cunts"; the segment was often cut by broadcasters.
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1995-96 sezonunda vatandaşı Christoph Daum’un isteği üzerine Beşiktaşımız’a transfer oldu. Siyah-beyaz formayla, ligdeki ilk golünü 24 Eylül 1995’de Beşiktaşımız’ın 5-2 kazandığı maçta İstanbulspor filelerine gönderdi.Cite has empty unknown parameters:
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- "DFB extend Kuntz's contract until 2020". DFB. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- uefa.com (29 June 2017). "Under-21 2017 - History - Germany-Spain". Uefa.com. Retrieved 30 October 2019.