Stefan Kuntz

Profession:
European soccer champion, coach and soccer official
Expertise:
Motivation, leadership, assertiveness, team spirit
Languages:
German, English

"With heart and soul towards success."

When soccer pro Stefan Kuntz scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with England in the semi-finals, he paved the way for Germany’s national team to win the European Soccer Championship in 1996. After his biggest successes until then - winning the German Soccer Championship, winning the German Soccer Association’s DFB cup, being voted soccer player of the year as well as being awarded the title of top scorer twice – the Global Topspeaker had finally achieved the height of his career as a soccer player. At the age of 33, this amazing success was the just reward for his incredible determination, his assertiveness and his ambition. “I’ve always had to fight tooth and nail for what I wanted,“, says Stefan Kuntz today, „As my talent was only mediocre, I had to rely on my will of iron and the rest was a lot of hard work“.
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Leo Schrell - Landkreis Dillingen a.d.Donau

"Stefan Kuntz completely convinced me with his naturalness, his authenticity, his humorous and likeable manner and his entertaining anecdotes from his soccer experience and gave good tips for people management. A wonderful evening and a great experience."

Marcus Barnstorf - Augsburger Allgemeine Im Verbund der Mediengruppe Pressedruck

"Stefan Kuntz has lost none of his charisma even after his active career. The man from the Saarland came across as authentic in his talk, picked up his audience and knows what he's talking about. I have rarely seen such a likeable soccer player. Close, human, professional! Congratulations to the 5 Star Team on this keynote speaker."

Günter Strauch - Augsburger Allgemeine

"What was billed as a sober lecture on "squad planning" in sports and business with Stefan Kuntz developed over the course of the evening into a colorful mix of instruction, training principles, philosophy of life and, above all, German soccer history with countless anecdotes."

lectures by Stefan Kuntz

with heart and soul towards success

Soccer is an economic factor of enormous proportion that generates billions in turnover all over the world. However, just as in any company, big goals in soccer can only be achieved in a team effort and with the proper leadership and motivation. How do you manage a soccer team and a club in professional sports? How do you motivate and emotionalize players, employees and an entire region?

The team is the star

In the past three decades and in his various capacities as soccer player, coach and soccer official, Stefan Kuntz has experienced all the ups and downs the soccer business has to offer and therefore knows exactly which factors make the difference between a team’s success or failure. As a team player, the 1996 European Soccer Champion experienced very different types of coaches, as a team captain and later as the chairman of a German Soccer League club, he learned what it means to assume a particular responsibility within a team.

Squad planning - finding, developing and keeping the best players

What makes a successful soccer player and how do you recruit them? What characterises a winner? And how to find the right players for a team to get the most out of the group as a whole? In particular in times where there is a shortage of specialists, many parallels become apparent between soccer players and employees in companies. But even if you promote and develop a talent, how do you make sure that the player or the employee stays with the club or the enterprise?

Profile

This is how Stefan Kuntz made it to the top squad of Germany’s national team. After the termination of his career as a soccer player, he was also very successful as a coach and manager. In various clubs, Stefan Kuntz moulded players to teams while nurturing the respective skills of individual players at the same time. As a soccer official, he was not only responsible for the team on the field but also for the team behind the team. The sports manager was in charge of more than 100 employees and thus managed a mid-sized company. Stefan Kuntz’s success is based on his solid knowledge, his varied experience but also on his high degree of humaneness and his setting a good example for living according to traditional values. In his position as the club’s chairman of the board, Stefan Kuntz proved his farsightedness and learned to act pro-actively, which gained him the respect and appreciation of the German soccer officials who appointed him to the Board of the German Soccer League DFL and the German Soccer Association DFB.

The born Saarlander experienced amazing successes just as well as almost hopeless situations. Despite of defeats and setbacks, however, his will to fight always provided the speaker and kicker Stefan Kuntz with new opportunities. In his motivating presentations, Stefan Kuntz compares and explains the mechanisms in soccer and in business teams using authentic and inspiring examples. He knows the tricks on the field and in the demanding world of business. In a highly entertaining manner, the charismatic keynote speaker therefore tops off his presentations with exciting stories from his eventful life as a soccer player. He loves to figuratively cross the ball into the audience. Soccer is the Global Topspeaker’s life: „Camaraderie, a sense of community, a lot of ambition and the will to win – that’s the spirit of soccer“, says Stefan Kuntz.

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