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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Kevin Kuranyi
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Kevin Kuranyi
Born: 02/03/82
Club: VfB Stuttgart
Position: Striker
Debut: 29/03/03 v Lithuania
Kevin Kuranyi exploded onto the scene with 15 goals as VfB Stuttgart finished second in the Bundesliga in 2002/03.

He continued his rapid development, helping Stuttgart into the Champions League quarter-finals the next season.

Born in Rio de Janiero, Kuranyi chose to take on his father's nationality to earn a call-up to Rudi Voeller's squad.

German fans hope the 22-year-old will prove the prolific successor to the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann that the side has lacked in recent times.

Kuranyi ended speculation that he would be snapped up by a big European club by extending his Stuttgart contract until 2008 in January.

An extremely strong header of the ball, Kuranyi also possesses deceptive pace that will test defences at Euro 2004.


Did you know? Kuranyi was also qualified to play for Brazil, Hungary and Panama before choosing Germany.




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