Now Jürgen Klinsmann (58) is the coach of the Korean national soccer team. The newly launched Klinsmann is scheduled to make its debut through an evaluation match on the 24th of next month. In addition, like former national team coach Paulo Bento, he lived in Korea and blocked the so-called ‘telecommuting controversy’ at the source.
The Korea Football Association announced on the 27th, “We have appointed German coach Jurgen Klinsmann as the new national soccer team coach.”
Coach Klinsman plans to lead the national team as the captain of Korean soccer until the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North and Central America.
The association explained, “The contract period is about 3 years and 5 months until the 2026 World Cup finals in North and Central America.”
The schedule for the first evaluation match was also revealed. The association added, “Director Klinsman’s debut match will be a friendly match against Colombia in Ulsan on the 24th of next month.”
In the meantime, prior to the appointment of the foreign national team coach, there was a controversy over the form of work over living abroad and living in Korea. It was also true that living abroad could give the impression that he was not concentrating on the national team. Former national team coach Paulo Bento received good reviews while living in Korea. In the end, at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he achieved the achievement of an away round of 16.
Coach Klinsman, like Bento, leads the national team while living in Korea. The association blocked the controversy related to the place of work at the source. The association said, “It was a condition of his contract to live in Korea during his tenure.”
Coach Klinsman said through the Korea Football Association after signing the contract, “I am very happy and honored to be the manager of the Korean national soccer team.”
He said, “I know very well that the Korean national team has been constantly developing and producing results over a long period of time. I feel honored to be following in the footsteps of great coaches who have directed the Korean national team, from coach Guus Hiddink to former coach Paulo Bento.” I will do my best to achieve successful results in the upcoming Asian Cup and 2026 World Cup.”
The association plans to begin the process of appointing coaches while discussing with coach Klinsman. The association said, “Coach Klinsman plans to return to Korea sometime next week and begin his full-fledged activities as the coach of the Korean national team.”
Meanwhile, Klinsmann is a living legend in the global soccer world, well known to Korean soccer fans.
After joining Stuttgart Kickers in 1982, he played for VFB Stuttgart (Germany), Inter Milan (Italy), AS Monaco (France), Tottenham (England), Bayern Munich (Germany), and Sampdoria (Italy). He took off his active uniform at the end of 2004 with the Orange County Blue Stars (USA).
Klinsmann, who was selected for the German (then West Germany) national team from 1987, participated in 108 A-matches and scored 47 goals. He participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and consecutively competed in the European Championships (Euro) in 1988, 1992 and 1996. He also participated in three consecutive World Cups from 1990 to 1994 and 1998. In the 1990 World Cup in Italy, he scored three goals to lead the championship. He also played a key role in Germany’s victory at the 1996 European Championships. 바카라
After retiring, he took command of the German national team for two years from July 2004. At the 2006 tournament in Germany, he took the team to third place.
He was the manager of Bayern Munich from July 2008 to April 2009, and the United States national team from July 2011 to November 2016. During his tenure as coach of the USA National Team, he won the 2013 North & Central America Gold Cup and advanced to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In November 2019, he was appointed as manager of Hertha Berlin (Germany), but resigned after 77 days. At the 2022 Qatar World Cup, he worked as a member of the International Football Federation (FIFA) Technology Research Group (TSG) with Cha Doo-ri, head of the FC Seoul Youth Enhancement Office.
He has also faced Korea as a manager. During his tenure as head coach of Germany and the United States, coach Klinsmann faced the Korean national team once each and recorded 1 win and 1 loss. In December 2004, when he was coach of the German national team, in a friendly match held in Busan, he lost 1-3 to Korea. In February 2014, in a friendly match held in the United States, he led the U.S. national team to a 2-0 victory over Korea. Paulo Bento, former coach of the Korean national team, played against Portugal and the US national team in the group stage of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, drawing 2-2.