National soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany) expressed his satisfaction with the trip to Europe.
Coach Klinsman, 메이저놀이터who took a short vacation with his family in the United States after finishing two consecutive A matches in March between Colombia and Uruguay, toured Europe from the 14th of this month and captained Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham), Oh Hyun-gyu (22, Celtic), and Kim Min-jae. (27, Naples), Lee Jae-seong (31, Mainz), Jung Woo-young (24, Freiburg), and other key players of the national team were directly checked and interviewed.
Director Klinsman, who arrived at Incheon International Airport on the 26th after a busy schedule of about 10 days, said, “It was a beneficial time in many ways. I was able to meet with the players as well as the manager of each club and talk about various things. He said that he could not meet all (European) due to time, but he will visit the stadium more and meet the players in the future.”
Of course, the main purpose of this trip to Europe was not to watch the game. Communication and skinship with the Taegeuk warriors were the key. In particular, great attention was paid to the interview with Kim Min-jae, who complained of physical and mental fatigue after the two consecutive matches in March. In fact, director Klinsman, who had a deep conversation while eating together at a restaurant in Naples, Italy, said, “I met Min-jae Kim leisurely. Even though it wasn’t a good situation, I found a lot of stability. He explained that (the interview) would have been helpful to the player.”
Director Klinsman also mentioned Son Heung-min and Oh Hyun-kyu. In particular, Tottenham (England), where the captain of the national team is in, is his home team. Coach Klinsman, who said, “The team I love the most in England,” said, “It is unfortunate that the current trend has not been good. I want you to fix it soon. Still, Son Heung-min is faithful to his role and is concentrating,” he said. “I felt ‘hungry’ for Oh Hyun-gyu. He confirmed his will to fight to participate more.”
Although the site visit was postponed because the business trip did not match, coach Klinsman gave meaningful advice to Lee Kang-in (22, Mallorca), who was caught up in rumors of a transfer to a big club due to his amazing performance this season. The national team staff said that the trust of the ‘Klinsman Division’ in Lee Kang-in, who suffered difficulties in the former manager Paulo Bento system and was moderated in the finals of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, is considerable. Manager Klinsman said, “I am proud of Lee Kang-in’s good performance. A love call from a big club can be nice for a player, but Mallorca is also a good team. It is already in a good environment to grow well. I hope to show a good figure like now.”
The national team will play two warm-up matches against Peru and El Salvador in June. Director Klinsman also hinted at ‘opportunity’ and ‘change’. “There is a possibility of a new face joining. You have to open the door of opportunity. He added, “I plan to keep a close eye on the U-20 World Cup, which is about to open.” did. It is part of an initiative to continuously search for hidden gems. This is because one of his main tasks is a generational change aimed at the 2026 World Cup to be held in three North and Central American countries (Canada, the United States, and Mexico).