30 March 2024

It’s a chronic disease summoned by incompetence. It’s time to change

By pestfood.com

Korean soccer was reeling again from the incompetent Korea Football Association.

Korean soccer has been sweating for four years under former coach Paulo Bento, achieving the second round of 16 away matches at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

He met world-class powerhouse Brazil in the tournament and was eliminated after a 1-4 defeat, but he made a strong impression with soccer led by Uruguay and Portugal in the group stage.

However, the Korea Football Association, which failed to renew its contract with Bento before the World Cup, brought in former coach Jurgen Klinsman, who had been away from the field for years under the leadership of Chairman Chung Mong-kyu, and as a result, everything began to get twisted.

Klinsmann, who was previously branded as a failed coach in the German and U.S. national teams, has not changed in Korea either. He promised to stay in Korea but toured overseas, turning a blind eye to the K-League, and appeared as a foreign panelist, sparking controversy.

Concerns have become a reality at the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar. They barely made it to the semifinals thanks to the players’ capabilities, but they packed up after suffering a shock loss of 0-2 to Jordan, which was evaluated one step below.

The shock continued even after the tournament was over. Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who was expected to play table tennis with some of his teammates on the eve of the semifinal match against Jordan, physically collided with Son Heung-min (Tottenham), the captain of the national soccer team who stopped him, and during the process, he dislocated his middle finger on his right hand.

It was not without conflicts between players in the national team, but the “downward incident” that Lee Kang-in, the youngest level, physically confronted the captain shocked Korean society as well as fans.

Amid mounting criticism, the KFA belatedly replaced Klinsmann and hesitated to appoint a successor, only to put out the urgent fire by appointing Hwang Sun-hong, the coach of the U-23 national team, as a firefighter ahead of the final qualifying round for the Paris Olympics in April.

The confusion seemed to be resolved, but the “card incident” broke out immediately. It was known that employees and players of the association used “casino chips” to play cards until late at night during off-season training in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, ahead of the Asian Cup.

The Korea Football Association explained that the most lost participants were only about 40,000 won to 50,000 won, but suspicions that gambling was held several times ahead of important competitions were not completely resolved.

Fans were disappointed even more as suspicions arose over the association staff’s back-to-back trade in the national team’s uniforms ahead of the second Asian qualifying round for the 2026 North-China World Cup against Thailand in March.

He said he was forced to wear a black away uniform in the semifinals against Jordan when the staff in charge of supporting the national team at the Asian Cup lost their red home uniforms and the quantity became insufficient.

The Korea Football Association explained that the match against Jordan was an away team according to South Korea’s AFC game plan, and the investigation confirmed that there was no shortage of uniforms in the team.

However, he acknowledged that the staff in charge did not actively carry out the national team’s position regarding the uniform against Jordan. 밤알바

Despite the ongoing controversy, the Korea Football Association was busy explaining without any will to improve.

In addition, Chairman Chung Mong-kyu, who brought only the manager in question and failed to crack down on the inside of the Korea Football Association, hid his face and stood by.