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Sport connects: Timo Bernhard and Stefan Kuntz

They have known each other for decades, have achieved a great deal as successful sportsmen and share a passion for their respective sport: Porsche brand ambassador and former World Endurance Champion Timo Bernhard met U21 soccer coach Stefan Kuntz recently for an exchange of views.

Passing on both their knowledge and experience to young talent is something former World Endurance Champion Timo Bernhard and Stefan Kuntz, coach of the German U21 national football team, are keen to do.

Wembley meets Le Mans

When it comes to self-development, it sometimes helps to look beyond one’s own point of reference by studying another sport. For Bernhard and Kuntz, this kind of exchange is important. I was really impressed the first time I drove with Timo. Recognising what other sportspeople do to be successful and how they go to their limit, that’s the point of the exchange for me, summarises Kuntz.

The career after the career

Once a professional, always a professional – the path from competitive sportsperson to successful coach isn’t easy. After their active careers finish, many sportspeople challenge themselves in other fields or, initially, take some time away from the world of professional sport.

German Football Association U21 coach Kuntz adds: During your own professional career, and especially later during the coaching role, how you handle challenges is both comparable and crucial. Your own motivation and the team concept are what make success possible in the first place. Bernhard made the move into a new role after his successful career as a racer: as a Porsche brand ambassador and manager of his own racing team now, he shares his experiences in motorsport with up-coming talent.

A portrait of two achievers

Stefan Kuntz has coached the U21 German national football team since 2016 and a year later guided the team to the European Championship title. The former striker also enjoyed success at national level and was a member of the team that won the men’s European Championship in 1996. As a Bundesliga player he also won the German Championship and the German Football Association Cup, and scored a total of 179 goals in 449 official matches.

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Aug 20, 2020 at 22:55

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