Former German national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has come closest to the Korean baton. German media kicker reported on the 22nd (Korean time) that “Coach Klinsmann is the top priority among the candidates for the new coach of the Korean national football team,” and that “negotiations are already underway.” In fact, according to the soccer world, it was confirmed on the 23rd that coach Klinsman is negotiating with the Korea Football Association over the position of coach. It is known that the negotiation stage has also progressed considerably unlike the previous candidates.
After coach Paulo Bento left the team with the expiration of his contract, he had a great career in European football, including former Valencia coach Jose Bordalas, former Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa, former Spain national team coach Roberto Moreno, and recently former Liverpool and Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez. Several greetings left behind were posted on Hama Pyeong.
However, negotiations were difficult as most of the candidates mentioned as candidates, including director Bordalas, had a club manager in mind rather than a national team member as their new job. There were also candidates who disagreed with the terms of the contract, such as salary.
On the other hand, Klinsmann, unlike them, is familiar with the national team and is known to favor the position of coach of the Korean national team above all else. Kicker estimated that “Cha Doo-ri, the current head of the FC Seoul Youth Enhancement Office, who was with us as a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, was the link.” It seems that he became interested in the baton of the Korean national team while talking with Chief Cha.
In addition, the fact that Michael Müller, the new head of the National Team Strengthening Committee, is also from Germany would have been advantageous in negotiations with Klinsmann, the football world is looking at. At the inauguration ceremony last month, Chairman Müller announced that he would “use personal networks,” and as a result, attention was focused on German figures who share the same nationality as Chairman Müller.
Klinsmann led Germany to the top at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and had a splendid career as a player, lifting the Bundesliga trophy in 1996-97 and the UEFA Cup in 1995-96 with FC Bayern Munich.
After his retirement, Klinsmann transformed into a coach and led the German national team to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and was named German Football Manager of the Year. Afterwards, he coached the US National Soccer Team from 2011 to 2016 and was voted the 2013 North & Central America and Caribbean Soccer Confederation (CONCACAF) Coach of the Year.
Klinsmann, who left the U.S. national team, signed with Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga in 2019 and returned to the club as manager, but resigned in February 2020 after two months in office. He was also criticized for being irresponsible for his sudden resignation. 메이저사이트
Klinsmann has ‘a division of his own’ through his long playing career and his coaching career. A typical example is the five coaches he took with him when he joined Hertha Berlin. Some of them have extensive coaching careers, such as Germany’s prestigious Bayern Munich and the German national team. Therefore, if Klinsman is appointed, it has the advantage of being able to prepare a long-term plan for the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America with the division system, which was one of Bento’s success factors.
However, there are also concerns, but Klinsman suffered from noise other than grades during his coaching days. Controversy at home is typical. Klinsmann has settled in the United States since the 1990s, when he took over his practice in his home in California, USA during his time as German coach, which caused controversy. His on-field work was left to head coach Joachim Löw at the time, and he was reported from his home. It is completely different from when Bento left Portugal and lived in Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do. Coach Bento chose Ilsan over Seoul because of its proximity to Paju, where his national team training center is located. Klinsmann acquired US nationality while playing for the US national team and has dual citizenship in Germany and the US, and currently lives in California, US. It is also known that the reason for his sudden resignation during his time at Hertha Berlin was a conflict with his club leadership.
Korea will play a friendly match against Colombia on the 24th and Uruguay on the 28th. They are aiming to appoint a new coach before the A match. As there is not much time left until the A match, the football world is looking at the possibility that only the cleans, which is currently being negotiated, will be appointed.