Marco Kurz unveiled as new Hoffenheim boss

Marco Kurz has been unveiled as the new TSG 1899 Hoffenheim manager. The 43-year-old will take over as manager on January 1st 2013. His assistant manager will be Günther Gorenzel who worked with Kurz at TSV 1860 München and 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Frank Kramer, who took charge for two Bundesliga games after Markus Babbel's departure, returns immediately to work as manager of Hoffenheim's U23 squad. Kramer added: “I said from the start that I was unconditionally at the disposal of the club. I did that for the first team and I will continue to do the same for the U23 side. I will of course help the new manager with his tasks in any way that I can.”

As a player, Marco Kurz played 300 Bundesliga games, starting at VfB Stuttgart before going on to play for 1. FC Nürnberg, Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 and TSV 1860 München. His greatest achievement during that time was winning the league title with Borussia Dortmund in 1995, as well as the UEFA Cup with FC Schalke 04 in 1997.

Kurz's managing career started with SC Pfullendorf. A spell at TSV 1860 München followed, firstly with the reserves, and then a year later with the first team in the second division. In 2009, he moved to 1. FC Kaiserslautern. With the “Red Devils” he won promotion to the Bundesliga in 2010, his biggest achievement so far as a manager.

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