Klinsmann returns home after rescheduling Europe trip
“We have to create a positive atmosphere together to get good results”
“Rescheduling is not a big deal.”
South Korea’s national soccer team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann said the schedule change was not a big deal.
After two matches in England, Klinsmann returned home at 3:55 p.m. on Thursday via Incheon International Airport Terminal 2. Usually, when the national team returns home, the players receive a lot of attention, but on this day, Klinsmann was the center of attention.
There was a lot of fuss before the return. In addition to the poor performance, Klinsmann did not fulfill the condition of ‘residing in Korea’. Due to the controversy over ‘telecommuting’ in the past, the Korean Football Association also announced the appointment of Klinsmann, explaining that it was a condition of his contract that he live in Korea during his tenure.
“I will spend most of my time in South Korea,” Klinsmann said at his inaugural press conference, adding that “the European-based coaches will do overseas observation duties in their respective countries.”
However, Klinsmann reversed himself. He spent more time in the US and Europe than in Korea. He entrusted the Korean coaching staff to observe K League players. “Traveling to Europe, talking to different people, and going back to Korea is the only way to grow the national team,” he told ESPN, “and if they don’t like it, they can find someone else.” The same thing happened this time.
Initially, Klinsmann was scheduled to travel to Germany after the Saudi Arabia game. The reason: European observation. He wanted to watch Bayern Munich play Leverkusen on Sept. 16 (local time), a match that included Kim Min-jae.
When the news broke, public opinion deteriorated and fan sentiment rose. The association then convinced Klinsmann. “Klinsmann was scheduled to watch the Munich game and visit European clubs to meet with officials and analyze the game with the coaches,” the association said a day earlier, “but he has changed his mind to start checking the K League players before the October roster announcement.”
When asked about the reason for the change in schedule, Klinsmann admitted that he was motivated by public opinion, saying, “I heard that a lot of people were waiting for me.” He added, “I thought about it. “The federation also told me that the coach usually comes after an away game, so I reconsidered,” he added.
In fact, Klinsmann’s observation of the Munich game was not easy to understand. In the name of observing the Europeans, it was not convincing to see Kim Min-jae again after having been with him for over a week during the A-match.
As with all coaches, Klinsmann relies heavily on Kim Min-jae. On the same day, he said, “He’s been a great addition to the team.” Even if he doesn’t perform well in Munich, he has no choice but to start him. It was ironic that he would be checking up on Kim in just a few days.
“I was going to watch the Munich-Leverkusen game this week, so it’s not a big deal to change the schedule,” Klinsmann said. “I’m sure we’ll see each other in the K League this weekend,” he said, adding that he would be back in the K League.
However, he made it clear that he would be heading overseas again. “I have a schedule to go back and forth, including watching overseas games,” Klinsmann said, revealing his plans to leave the country.바카라사이트
Klinsmann urged support for the team. “Even if we’re strong and positive internally, we’re bound to be shaken by negative public opinion and stories from the outside,” he said, “so it will be helpful to create a positive atmosphere together.” “We can achieve good results if we create a positive atmosphere with the media and fans before the Asian Cup,” he said, adding, “It’s not too late to criticize when you don’t get the results you want.”
“We made it very difficult for something that wasn’t a big deal. If he hadn’t been in the public eye, we wouldn’t have seen him at all. There has never been a time when interest in the national team has been as high as it is now. If Klinsmann wants the support of the fans, he needs to meet the minimum qualifications.