Klinsmann Does Not Change… South Korean Football Urgent for Reform
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is not an easy person to change. Originally, people are animals that do not change easily. It is time for a quick reform in Korean soccer.
Klinsmann returned to Korea on the 8th through Incheon International Airport with some national team players.
The return came a little earlier than expected. The Korean national soccer team led by Coach Klinsmann set the goal of Qatar 2023 at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, marking the third championship (1956 and 1960) in 64 years since the 1960 tournament. To that end, the Korean national soccer team has formed a team of ultra-luxury players including Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain). All of them were top-notch players in the European league.
However, the result was disastrous. Korea, which is ranked 23rd in the FIFA rankings, failed to overwhelm other teams that were lower than themselves at this year’s event. Except for the first match against Bahrain (3-1 win) in Group E, the team failed to secure a win during the regular session, and even this was due to Lee Kang-in’s ability and skills as he scored multiple goals.
Klinsmann allowed a whopping 10 runs in six matches of the latest championship, and failed to shoot a single shot on goal in the semifinal match against Jordan (ranked 87th in FIFA), which was completely defeated 0-2. Korean soccer, which boasted of being Asia’s tiger, ended its journey in Qatar as a mockery of the Asian nation.
Such poor performance of the national team was actually foreseen. In December 2022, the Korea Football Association broke up with Paulo Bento (Portugal), who led Korea to the round of 16 teams at the World Cup for the third time in 12 years since the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa, and sought a new coach. Then, they chose Klinsmann.
Many were skeptical of the association’s decision. Klinsmann was a legend as a player, but as a head coach, he was questionable about his ability and quality. He took the helm of Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga in 2019, but was criticized for announcing his resignation on social media only 77 days later. In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, he led his country’s national team and ranked third, but his then-main player, Filim Rahm’s autobiography later revealed that he had no tactical instructions. 마카오카지노
The appointment process was also noisy. When Bento was appointed, it was far from the systematic and transparent procedure of Kim Pan-gon, the former head of the national team coach (currently Malaysia coach). Doubts grew that the appointment was made with the influence of the superiors, and Michael Mueller, chairman of the National Team Reinforcement Committee of the German Association, explained through a press conference, but the story of catching floating clouds did not solve any questions.
Klinsmann was not even sincere about Korean soccer. It was originally known that a resident of Korea was under the contract, but he only visited Korea when there was something special. He focused more on ESPN broadcasting panel activities and participation in overseas soccer events than the national team coach. Klinsmann’s intuition of the K-League to find talent was rare.