Jürgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the South Korean national soccer team, has flown out of the country again, sparking outrage among soccer fans.
According to the Korea Football Association (KFA), Klinsmann left for Los Angeles (LA) via Incheon International Airport on July 19 (KST). After attending to his personal affairs in the United States, Klinsmann will travel to Europe to inspect the European side.
Originally, after the A-match period in September, Klinsmann was scheduled to watch Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich play to see Kim Min-jae and then hold meetings with European club officials. Aware of the deteriorating public opinion in Korea, Klinsmann rescheduled and returned to Korea with the team.
Upon his return, Klinsmann visited a K League 1 match between Jeonbuk Hyundai and Gangwon FC at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 16th. On the 17th, he watched FC Seoul take on Gwangju FC at Seoul World Cup Stadium.
He showed some interest in the league, but that was it. Klinsmann hopped on a plane to Los Angeles. On the 14th, he had only been in Korea for five days. This brings his total stay in Korea to just over 70 days.안전놀이터
“It’s important for a national team coach to have an international perspective, to see the trends and changes in modern soccer, and to talk to the federation about how we can do better in major tournaments,” he said at an online press conference on the 17th.
Despite Klinsmann’s words, the Korean national team hasn’t been able to adapt its tactics to modern soccer since his arrival. Against Wales, their first A-match opponent in September, South Korea managed just one shot on target. Against Saudi Arabia, the performance was slightly better, but still frustrating.
Above all, Klinsmann has forgotten the most important job of a national team coach. This is respect for the country’s soccer federation and fans. Klinsmann should be in South Korea right now learning about the culture and getting to know the country, but he’s not doing any of that.
Klinsmann once advised Harry Kane, who joined Bayern Munich from Tottenham Hotspur, to “wear traditional German clothes and eat sausages”. It’s about respecting the local culture. What Klinsmann said to Kane applies equally to you. What Klinsmann needs to do now is not to travel abroad, but to get to know the culture and fans of South Korea.