It was not an idle concern. However, national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59) said it was a waste. At the inauguration press conference in March, he boasted with a smile. “It is natural to live in Korea as the national team coach. I was lucky to have lived in many countries. This time I was lucky enough to live in Korea. I plan to experience Korean culture while living. The K-League Of course, I plan to watch other matches.”
He also said that foreign coaches do not need to physically be in Korea. Domestic kindly explained that he would be in charge with advisor Cha Du-ri and coach Michael Kim.
Due to the nature of Korean soccer, the ‘residence in Korea’ of the A team’s command tower is not an issue to be taken lightly. I believed that, but the concerns of five months ago are becoming reality. The length of time coach Klinsman stayed in Korea can be counted on one hand. The Korea Football Association only packages it as a ‘remote command’ that does not know the reality. Concerns have already been raised. There is no diversity. Europeans are also Europeans. No one will question the national team players in the top 5 European leagues, including Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain, PSG) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton). The same goes for resources that have already been verified in the K-League, such as Cho Kyu-seong (Mitwillan). On the other hand, players who went to Europe after graduating from high school without being able to secure a place in the K-League should be subject to stricter standards. The moment you fall into the ‘communication trap’, you cannot see the bubble. Just because the pattern is European, it is not a ‘universal key’. He is staying in the US and plans to announce the list of players who will participate in the second A-match in September soon. There are already voices of concern that Klinsman’s choice is still ‘European first’.
Unlike them, it would be unfair for players who were recognized for their talent early on in the K-League and first selected by a domestic professional team instead of Europe, but coach Klinsman doesn’t seem to be interested. If he does not feel the need to ‘reside in the country’, he has nothing more to look forward to.
Since the director is not in Korea, communication is not smooth. Next month, the Hangzhou Asian Games will begin. Foreign coaches may not feel the importance of the Asian Games. But players are different. There is a ‘military service exception’. The gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang was decisive for Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae to fully enjoy the European stage.
It is for this reason that the issue of Lee Kang-in, who has just transferred to PSG, is being discussed. The Asian Games are not mandatory competitions for FIFA. PSG has no reason to hire Lee Kang-in. The carrot book is ‘military service’. However, an unseen battle of nerves continues between the two consecutive A-matches in September and the Asian Games national team over the selection of players.
If coach Klinsman, who holds the key, resides in Korea, we can come up with a win-win solution by putting his heads together. But communication is gone. The Football Association, which has to direct traffic, is only paying attention to coach Klinsman. Coach Klinsman values his ‘first win’ more than his Asian Games. His story that he will keep an eye on the national team by age group is just an ’empty check’.
The women’s national team was frustrated at the Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup. All that was left was director Colin Bell’s ‘Fault the System’. He took the helm of Korean women’s soccer four years ago in October 2019, but it’s still just an unfamiliar environment.안전놀이터
Manager Klinsman is also growing distrust. He appeared on the US media ‘ESPN’ on the 6th and said, “It is an exciting challenge to be in charge of the Korean national team. I also travel a lot. I have been very busy for several months to get to know Korean football, people and players.” But Korea was just a side branch. The prospect of Harry Kane, who is at the center of Bayern Munich transfer, was mainstream.
It was said that the empty cart was noisy. Director Klinsman’s road to leadership was not smooth. The dark shadows are looming.