Stefan Kuntz (foto: /)
Following a series of disappointing performances, Turkey decided to part ways with their German head coach Stefan Kuntz.
The national team's inability to qualify for the previous World Cup was a significant setback.
A 1-1 draw against archrival Armenia in a Euro 2024 qualifier, followed by a 4-2 defeat in a friendly against Japan, marked the end of Kuntz's tenure.
The football federation expressed its decision to separate from Kuntz, emphasizing goodwill and professionalism. "We appreciate Stefan Kuntz's efforts for our National Football Team and wish him well in his future endeavors," the federation stated briefly.
This decision concludes a challenging year for Kuntz, who had previously won the Under-21 European title twice with Germany.
Having played for Istanbul's Besiktas in the 1995/96 season, where he netted nine goals, Kuntz had expressed enthusiasm about his return to Turkey as the head coach. "It feels like a homecoming," he remarked upon signing a three-year deal in Istanbul.
However, his tenure was marred by consistent media scrutiny, especially after failing to guide Turkey to their first World Cup since their commendable third-place finish in 2002. Currently, Turkey stands second to Croatia in Euro 2024 qualifiers and holds the 41st position globally.