Kevin Dennis Kurányi is a Brazilian-born German footballer who plays in the Russian Premier League for Dynamo Moscow. His profile is that of a striker and possesses great aerial ability and finishing skills. Kurányi began playing football in 1988 for Petrópolis-based Serrano FC in Brazil, when he was six years old. In 1993 he transferred to Panamanian club Las Promesas, where he played for one year before going back to Serrano FC. In 1997 he moved to Germany, enlisting at VfB Stuttgart's B youth team. After playing a few games in the Germany national under-21 football team, he signed his first professional contract for VfB in 2001. He left Stuttgart during the 2005 summer transfer window to join Schalke, signing to 2009–10. At Gelsenkirchen, he finished top goalscorer for the team from 2005–08, while the team achieved three consecutive UEFA Champions League berths. On 9 May 2010, it was announced that Kurányi would move to Dynamo Moscow on 1 July 2010 and signed a three-year contract. Kurányi made his debut for Germany during the Euro 2004 qualifier against Lithuania on 29 March 2003. He played for his adopted country at the tournament's finals and at the 2005 Confederations Cup but was not selected for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He was brought on during the second half of the Euro 2008 final against Spain. Incidentally, the appearance in the final marked his 50th cap for Germany.