Melbourne Victory Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Marco Kurz as Head Coach for the next two seasons.
The 50-year-old German comes with a wealth of both international and Hyundai A-league experience, ensuring he was the standout candidate to take the helm as only the sixth Head Coach of Melbourne Victory.
Kurz’s playing career spanned 16 years and 311 appearances in the Bundesliga and included a league title with Borussia Dortmund in 1994-95 and UEFA Cup title with Schalke 04 in 1997.
Kurz then stepped into management in the German first and second divisions between 2005-2016. It was during this time that he led 1.FC Kaiserslautern to the German second division title in 2009/10 and promotion to the German top-flight.
In 2017, he took charge of Adelaide United and guided them to two FFA Cup Finals, winning one in 2018, and two A-League Finals Series.
Melbourne Victory Chairman Anthony Di Pietro was thrilled to announce the appointment of Kurz.
“Our panel of experienced football people including Mark Bresciano, Paul Trimboli and Rob Sherman, undertook a comprehensive recruitment process,” Di Pietro said.
“Coupled with his international and domestic experience, Marco demonstrated outstanding qualities throughout. Importantly his passion for success and desire to win is aligned with our clubs’ ambition.
“We look forward to working together to bring excitement and success for the Victory family and are confident Marco will do an outstanding job in the high-pressure role.”
Set to arrive at the Club within the fortnight, Kurz is looking forward to getting started and begin building towards the upcoming Hyundai A-league season.
“It’s an honour to be named as Head Coach of Melbourne Victory, a big club with a strong history, passionate fanbase and true drive for success,” Kurz said.
“I’ve got to know Melbourne Victory from afar, and had tremendous respect for them during that time, so it is exciting to join the Club.
“During the interview process we had aligned beliefs about the direction forward which was very important. I can’t wait to join the team and get underway.”