Marco joined Adelaide on a two-year contract in what he described as an “adventure” after spending the entirety of his career playing and coaching in Germany. Kurz, who spent 15 years in the Bundesliga from 1989 to 2004, accumulated nearly 300 appearances representing the likes of VfB Stuttgart, FC Nurnberg, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and 1860 Munich. Kurz takes his coaching inspirations from several different managers he has played under – none more so than from the legendary Ottmar Hitzfeld and Dutch tactician Huub Stevens of Dortmund and Schalke respectively. Kurz has managed at the highest level in his home country with his most successful spell occurring when he first secured promotion with FC Kaiserslautern before guiding them to a seventh place finish in the 2010/11 Bundesliga season. The 48-year-old has also been at the helm of 1899 Hoffenheim, 1860 Munich and Fortuna Dusseldorf.