Kevin Kuranyi is a forward who earned his reputation as a good scorer, having played for Stuttgart and Schalke. Then he left for the DFL for 5 years. You can easily find out results football matches of this championship on the sports statistics site.
In 2015, Kuranyi returned to Germany again. His new team was Hoffenheim. At that time the club was a middling club and this status suited well the experienced striker. He was already 33, and it was no longer possible for him to give 100% of his game on a regular basis.
Initially, Hoffenheim considered Kuranyi as their main performer. Markus Gisdol trusted the forward. However, Kuranyi lost his speed, and his game was no longer as exciting as it was. Since the results of the team were very poor, Gisdol was fired in the middle of the season. Huub Stevens, who came to replace him, immediately said that he did not count on the experienced forward. As a result, Kuranyi spent a measly 19 minutes on the field in the second half of the season.
He did not score a single goal for the whole season. Nowadays, it is easy to find out the results of all football matches involving this team on the sports statistics website. “Hoffenheim” terminated the contract with the experienced forward already in 2016 and at this point it ended player’s professional career.
Probably, Kuranyi expected his final chord to be greater, but the reality was somewhat different. However, Kevin had previously established himself as an excellent scorer, so the failure at Hoffenheim was hardly too bad for his reputation.
Reasons for the failure of the forward at Hoffenheim
It is clear that no one expected that Kuranyi will score many goals in Germany. However, Hoffenheim probably expected him to score at least a few times. It is easy to find out the team's current Bundesliga results on the sports statistics website.
Returning to the reasons for the unsuccessful performance of the striker in Germany, they include:
- Mental insecurity. The forward lost his toughness not having realized several chances during the first games. He made more mistakes and reacted more painfully to criticism. Naturally, this had a negative impact on his performance.
- Loss of speed. Kuranyi was no longer ready to run for 90 minutes. It is impossible to do otherwise in Germany, without this it would not be possible to achieve positive results.
- Lack of confidence from the head coach. Stevens immediately demonstrated that the player was not part of his plans. Naturally, this only exacerbated the moral state of the player.
Thus, Kuranyi's poor performance didn’t help Hoffenheim to improve its results in Bundesliga. Since he was already 34 in 2016, the forward made a sensible decision to end his professional career.