Football - UPDATE 1-Soccer-Kurz appointed coach of troubled Hoffenheim

* Kurz takes over from Jan.

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* Hoffenheim have lost six straight games (Releads with club announcement)

BERLIN, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Relegation-threatened Hoffenheim appointed former Kaiserslautern coach Marco Kurz as their new head coach on Tuesday in a bid to end the team's disappointing Bundesliga run.

The 43-year-old, who left Kaiserslautern in March following a 16-game run without a win, will officially take over from Jan 1, Hoffenheim said in a statement.

Kurz replaces interim boss Frank Kramer, who had stepped in after the sacking of Marcus Babbel earlier this month and will now return to the Hoffenheim U-23 team.

Hoffenheim have completed their worst first half to a Bundesliga season and go into the mid-season break in the relegation playoff spot after a run of six straight defeats and only one win in their last 12 matches.

Kurz, who played 300 Bundesliga matches and won a German league title with Borussia Dortmund as well as the 1997 UEFA Cup with Schalke, has also coached second tier 1860 Munich. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Mark Meadows)

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