Jurgen Klinsmann, who was appointed as the head coach of the Korean national soccer team in March.
“I will stay in Korea, but European-based coaches will watch matches between Napoli (Italy) and Mallorca (Spain) in their respective countries or do overseas watching work. Of course, I will join if I have a team schedule. The K League will be joined by coaches Cha Du-ri and Michael Kim to talk.”
This is what Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the South Korean national soccer team, left at his inaugural press conference in March. Klinsmann mainly expressed his intention to stay in Korea, but for about five months, Klinsmann spent more time abroad than in Korea.
According to the soccer community, Klinsmann headed to the U.S. on the 1st. After about a month of summer vacation after the A match in early June, he was away again as soon as he entered the country on the 24th of last month. It is reported that Klinsmann left the country to carry out his previous schedule, including his birthday.
Since taking office, Klinsmann has spent more time abroad than in Korea.
He made his debut for the Korean national team in March, left overseas in April to check on the European team, spent a short time in Korea, participated in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup group draw event, and went back. During the A match in June, he returned to Korea and played two consecutive games before spending time in the U.S. on summer vacation.
Of course, coach Klins is not the only one who is heading overseas. He also checks overseas players and meets with coaches residing abroad, including senior coach Andreas Goefke, to discuss the national team.
However, domestic soccer officials say they are negligent in finding K-League players, the mainstay of the national team.
When Klinsmann spent time abroad after taking office, coach Michael Kim and advisor Cha Du-ri usually visited the K League site.
When the convocation list was set up to face Peru and El Salvador in June, various domestic players such as Ahn Hyun-beom (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Kim Joo-sung (FC Mirror), and Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) were called up and used, but they did not produce much. In addition, Ahn Hyun-beom was controversial as he said he was not a player that Klinsmann saw and selected.
In particular, the controversy over residence was a problem that Klinsmann had been concerned about even before he was appointed as the national team coach. When Klinsmann led the German national team, he left much of the player inspection and adjustment of the national team schedule to the coaching staff and handled the work in a format reported in the U.S., drawing considerable criticism. It is a famous anecdote that he entrusted the tactical part to former German coach Joachim Löf, who was then the head coach.
Klinsmann has already been criticized for his departure as he has not won four games since his appointment with two draws and two losses. Not only himself but also all the coaching staff are being compared to former coach Paulo Bento, who spent most of his time in Korea. 스포츠토토
An official of the soccer team, who asked not to be named, said, “I understand that coach Klinsmann has been abroad for longer than Korea.” Of course, the core of the national team is overseas, but it is also a task to find domestic players who suit Klinsmann’s style.”