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Germany U21 coach Stefan Kuntz signs contract extension

By Laura Brandt

Stefan Kuntz will stay on as Germany U21 coach until 2023.

Stefan Kuntz.
Stefan Kuntz.Photo: Steven Schaap, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Germany U21 coach Stefan Kuntz has signed a new contract until 2023, the German Football Association has announced.

Kuntz, who took on the job in 2016, won the European Under-21 Championship in 2017 and became runner-up at this year's edition of the tournament after a defeat against Spain in the final.

The 57-year-old will also be in charge of the German team at the Tokyo Olympics in July and August 2020.

"I am grateful for the trust being put in me and I'm looking forward to the tasks at hand with the U21s and to fighting for Gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo," Kuntz said after signing his new deal, as quoted by the German Football Association.

"In the last year, we've achieved an awful lot with this team, both on and off the pitch. We want to make sure this work continues and we keep developing future internationals," he added.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff says he's very happy to see Kuntz continue his work.

"Stefan Kuntz's contract extension is a great sign for the DFB and it shows our trusting relationship. Our players look up to Stefan and they and the clubs hold him in high regard. He is a wonderful ambassador for the DFB! He is doing an outstanding job with our U21s on their way back to becoming the best in the world.

"He and his team continue to feed players into the senior team. Most recently, there were six players from the U21 EURO final in the first team squad for the final two qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Belarus," said Bierhoff.

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