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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Have To Hope This One Doesn't Backfire

Germany head coach Joachim Low has announced that Kevin Kuranyi will not be part of the 2010 Germany World Cup squad.

Although Low denies it, saying that there were "tactical" reasons for excluding the striker, it does look like revenge for Kuranyi walking out of the stadium in Dortmund before the final whistle after being omitted from the matchday squad for the qualifier against Russia in October 2008.

The thing is, Low's claims that "It would have been no problem for us to give him a new chance in the national team" but that "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." ring very, very hollow when you look at how Kuranyi's fellow strikers have performed this season.

While Kuranyi scored 18 goals in the Bundesliga, Bayern's Miroslav Klose has got, well, just one goal. Lukas Podolski has done a lot better, though. He's got two. In twenty seven appearances.

Not very impressive, is it. Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling does have 21 league goals this season, but he only has 3 caps at international level and no goals.

Looking at it from this perspective, it seems very clear why Kuranyi has been excluded. Because, if Low was picking form players, Kuranyi would be one of the first on the plane.

Let's hope this one doesn't backfire on Low.

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posted by mark_s at 10:57 AM


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