When Holstein Kiel goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm was released by Wolfsburg as teenager, the American-German probably thought his shot at the big time had passed him by. He was wrong.
Ahead of Kiel's must-win showdown with Wolfsburg in Monday's relegation play-off second leg, bundesliga.com chronicles a football odyssey that could quite easily have been penned by Homer himself...
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The tale begins in 2005. Fort Belvoir-born Kronholm is playing for the Wolfsburg reserve team, when he is deemed surplus to requirements; the prospect of rubbing shoulders with the Bundesliga's best slipping through his fingers faster than a rain-soaked ball on a stormy winter's day.
Enter the nomad years...
Kronholm goes on to represent, among others, Fortuna Düsseldorf, FSV Frankfurt, Hansa Rostock, Eintracht Trier, Waldhof Mannheim and Jahn Regensburg, albeit not one spell lasting longer than a single season.
He even agrees terms with English club Barnsley City at one point, before the Tykes pull the plug in favour of a move for Heinz Müller, latterly of Mainz fame.
Was he jinxed? An unsuccessful two-month trial with the Seattle Sounders does little to shake that theory.