Never before has there been such a controversy.
Public opinion of national soccer team coach Jürgen Klinsmann has deteriorated unusually quickly. He’s only been on the job for seven months and five games, and many soccer fans are already calling for his head. If you look at the comments on the Korean Football Association’s Instagram, the majority of them are calling for Klinsmann to be fired or resign. There are no comments about the game or praise for the players, and many other social media sites and communities are also calling for Klinsmann to leave the national team now.
Ability is the second issue. Klinsmann is under fire for his initial “work ethic” issues. Since his appointment in February, Klinsmann has only been in the country for about two months out of a total of seven months. Ignoring the K League scene, which is not an important part of the national team, Klinsmann stayed in the United States and actively participated in media appearances to talk about Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich, Harry Kane, or the English Premier League. He even visited the UEFA Champions League and Europa League group stage draws, which have nothing to do with his national team duties. He skipped the pre-match press conference for the national team’s A-match and instead gave an unannounced interview to AS Monaco, stirring up controversy once again.
Klinsmann has even been named as a participant in the Legends Match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea, which will take place during the A-Match in September. The match took place in London in the early hours of the morning on the 10th, and it seems that Klinsmann was originally scheduled to participate in the event. While he opted out due to the extremely negative publicity, it’s the first time a team manager has brought such an issue into the national team’s atmosphere during an A-match.
A lesser coach would have understood. But Klinsmann hasn’t shown any clear colors or leadership as feared. In five matches since March, the team has drawn three and lost two. A lackluster performance against Wales on August 8 resulted in a 0-0 draw. The team that reached the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Qatar has stagnated under the new coach. Klinsmann has come under increasing criticism for his disingenuousness in the absence of results that show promise, if not certainty.
The reason for the harsh criticism is the current squad. The South Korean national team has a more colorful lineup than ever before. Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) is anchored by a trio of European big clubs, including Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), while Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz 05), Hwang In-beom (Tsubena Zvezda), Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic) and Cho Kyu-sung (Mittwillan) are the mainstays. Klinsmann hasn’t been able to fully utilize the brilliant ingredients. 온라인바카라
The national team will compete at the Asian Cup in Qatar next January, just four months away. South Korea hasn’t stood on top of Asia since 1960. This is the perfect opportunity and timing for South Korea to win the title. It won’t happen until 2028, when Son Heung-min and other current players will be seniors. They should be aiming for a clean sweep in Qatar with a mix of old and new.