Coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany), who was appointed as the new head coach of the Korean national soccer team, entered the country.
Director Klinsman arrived at Incheon International Airport around 5 am on the 8th. It is the first time he has entered Korea since the announcement of the appointment of a manager by the Korea Football Association at the end of last month.
Head coach Klinsman gave a brief impression of his arrival after receiving a bouquet of flowers and a muffler from the Korea Football Association executives, including Michael Muller, who was welcomed immediately after his arrival.
He said, “I am so grateful that I welcomed you from such an early hour,” and added, “I am very proud and honored to be here.”
He added, “The Korean national team performed well at the World Cup in Qatar, and we plan to continue making good performances.”
At his entry gate, even at dawn, some fans came out and welcomed Klinsman’s uniform from his active career.
Kim Dong-hun (38), a soccer fan living in Seoul, said, “I’ve liked it since I was a player. I remember losing a goal to coach Klinsman during the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
Coach Klinsman, who is relaxing at a hotel in Seoul, holds a press conference at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) on the 9th and starts the official schedule.
Coach Klinsmann succeeds coach Paulo Bento (Portugal), who led the team to advance to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup last year.
His contract period is about 3 years and 5 months until the 2026 World Cup finals in North and Central America.
Coach Klinsman, who was returning as a leader to the Korean national team, said, “I have visited Korea several times. I remember visiting during the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.” My son also participated in the World Cup. Because of these experiences, I have good memories of Korea and Korean people.”
“I was very happy when the opportunity to become the Korean national team came,” he said. “Korea is a very good team, and there are many good people, so I look forward to it. I also look forward to learning a lot here. The team also learns with me. I hope to be able to go out,” he added.
Head coach Klinsman, who is taking a full-fledged step after his arrival, plans to announce the list of A matches for March around the 13th. The call is on the 20th.
As coach Klinsman lacked time to identify Korean players, the Qatar World Cup members are expected to play a key role.
Coach Klinsman will make his debut as a Korean coach through an evaluation match against Colombia held in Ulsan at 8:00 pm on the 24th and an evaluation match against Uruguay held in Seoul at 8:00 pm on the 28th.
The first schedule in Korea is watching the 3rd round of the professional soccer K League 1 between FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai scheduled at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 12th.
At the same time, it is necessary to appoint coaches to assist coach Klinsman.
Director Klinsman, who chose to live in Korea, must also find a place to stay. Goyang and Ilsan, where director Bento stayed, are considered strong candidates.
We will be staying in a hotel until we can find a place to stay. 바카라사이트
It is expected that Klinsmann, whose final goal is the World Cup in North and Central America, will have the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup held in Qatar in January next year.
Korea has not won the Asian Cup since 1960.
Coach Klinsman said, “I looked at all Korean matches with coach Cha Doo-ri while leading TSG (Technology Research Group) at the Qatar World Cup. We made a very good team, so winning the Asian Cup is our goal.”
He emphasized, “The Korean national team beat even a strong team like Portugal at the Qatar World Cup. They even had the experience of winning against Germany before. Of course, winning the Asian Cup will be their goal.”
Coach Klinsmann, who had a reputation as a goal scorer representing Germany during his active career, took the lead in helping Germany win the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship (Euro 1996).
He also played for Inter Milan (Italy), AS Monaco (France), Bayern Munich (Germany) and Sampdoria (Italy).
In particular, in the mid-to-late 1990s, Son Heung-min’s current team, Tottenham Hotspur (England), performed tremendously for a short period of time and became a ‘legend’.
After his retirement, he turned into a coach and took charge of the German national team from 2004 to 2006, finishing third at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
He then led the U.S. national team to advance to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, he left poor results in club teams such as Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin (Germany).