No place for Kuranyi

German Football
By German Football May 4, 2010 01:11

No place for Kuranyi

Coach Joachim Löw has decided not to choose Schalke 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi for this summer’s World Cup, the German football federation announced on Monday.

Kuranyi’s superb form in the Bundesliga this season, with 18 goals scored, had led to calls for Löw to pick him for Germany’s World Cup squad.

Kuranyi has not played for Germany since walking out on the team in 2008 after being left out of the match day squad for a World Cup qualifier, prompting coach Löw to declare he would never pick him again.

”The disciplinary incident in October 2008 was not a consideration recently,” Low said in a press release. It would have been no problem for us to give him a new chance in the national team.

”However, after consideration among our coaching staff we came to the conclusion that we had other ideas, tactically and personnel-wise, for the composition of the World Cup squad. This I discussed today frankly with Kevin, who has had a strong season and whom I think is a player of sound character.”

Löw has plenty of other choices at the front, including Bayern Munich’s Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez and Stuttgart’s in-form Cacau. Another is Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling, top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, level with Wolfsburg’s Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko with 21 goals.

The final decision on which 23 players will travel to South Africa for the June 11 to July 11 tournament is expected to be made during the team’s training camp in northern Italy in time for FIFA’s June 1 deadline.

Other players hoping to be chosen by Löw would do well not to step on his toes before that, or they could face a similar fate as Kuranyi.

German Football
By German Football May 4, 2010 01:11
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