‘Tongue-in-cheek’ Klinsmann asks for jersey in person after game “for his son” during cooling off break
Disappointment after disappointment. Head coach Jürgen Klinsmann (59) was criticized by domestic fans after the game for asking an opposing player for his jersey. It was the opposite of the ‘pout’ he showed during the cooling down period.메이저놀이터
The Korean national soccer team, led by Klinsmann, played a goalless 0-0 draw against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, England, on Aug. 8 (KST).
With this result, the Korean national team has now recorded three draws and two losses since Klinsmann took over. Klinsmann is the first foreign coach in Korean soccer history to fail to win his first game after five matches.
However, Klinsmann’s expression was relaxed. With his trademark friendly smile, he approached Wales captain Aaron Ramsey (33, Cardiff City) and asked for his jersey.
This was shown in a video released by BBC Wales on social media after the game. In a televised interview after the game, Klinsmann was asked if he saw Ramsey take the shirt after the game.
“I have a son who plays goalkeeper for the Los Angeles Galaxy (USA) and he sent me a message before the game saying ‘can you get me a Ramsey shirt’,” Klinsmann beamed.
It shows how much Klinsmann cares about his son. But it’s a gesture that’s likely to be met with even more criticism from domestic fans, given the team’s recent poor performance and the controversy it’s creating.
While a coach can ask for a player’s jersey, it’s not necessary to do so in public right after a game. He could have gone to the locker room and asked for it privately. It could have been seen as an arrogant move that ignored the public outcry against him.
Klinsmann has reneged on his promise to work from home in his first press conference. He has spent only 67 days in South Korea in his six-month tenure with the national team, breaking his promise to stay in the country. His defense is that “the way I communicate and observe the players is different than before.”
He has also been criticized for changing his role. This is because he is more active on the sidelines, such as participating in various media panels and running his own business, than he is as the head coach of the Korean national team. Earlier, the BBC also pointed out his remote work, calling him a “remote control coach.
Germany’s Sport1 said, “The strange Klinsmann story repeats itself. He is criticized in South Korea for working from home,” and “This will sound familiar to many German fans. Klinsmann works around the clock, but not on the field.”
The pre-match mood was good, with “captain” Son Heung-min (Tottenham) calling up most of the Europeans, including Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwylan), Hwang In-beom (Tsubena Zvezda), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), and Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic).
Most of these attacking resources were fresh off goals and other offensive points. The traveling distance was short enough that there was no problem with conditioning. Unlike in Korea, we were able to utilize our overseas players to their full potential.
Their opponents, Wales, were 1.5 men. Welsh coach Rob Page, who was under fire for his team’s recent losses to Armenia and Turkey in Euro qualifying, said, “I don’t want to play a friendly against Korea.” He was under pressure. He was worried about injuries with a Euro qualifier against Latvia on June 12.
But Klinsmann’s performance was dismal. The team relied on backpasses, crosses, and long balls through the middle. There was no indication that the team was building up from the back, which was a trademark of his predecessor, Paulo Bento.
Another problem was the positioning of the players, which did not utilize their characteristics. The midfield of Hwang In-beom and Park Yong-woo didn’t have the right synergy, and the center-oriented Lee Jae-sung and Hong Hyun-seok were stuck on the flanks and made mistakes that blocked their path.
Even Son Heung-min, who was deployed up front, had to drop to the middle to receive the ball. There were relatively few shots on goal and the Welsh attack was sharper.
There was a moment in the game that could have changed the tone. In the 25th minute of the first half, a cooling break was called. It’s a time for players to cool off and drink plenty of water, but most managers take advantage of it to try and change the flow of the game.
But what Klinsmann saw on the TV screen was different. He barely moved from where he was standing when the players came in. The players gathered around him, but he just stared off into the distance, wiping his mouth or putting his hands on his hips.
Right in front of them was ‘captain’ Son Heung-min. It was a moment when Klinsmann could have told the players what they couldn’t do on their own. But Klinsmann didn’t. For 20 seconds, Klinsmann just stood there on camera.