Coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59), head of the Korean national soccer team, has left the country again. No matter how unique a foreign coach may be, one wonders whether there has ever been a case where he so blatantly ignores Korean soccer and its fans.
Director Klinsmann departed for Los Angeles, USA via Incheon Airport on the 19th. Coach Klinsmann, who led the national team to Europe, returned to Korea on the 14th and watched two K League 1 games before heading back to the United States.
Although it has been more than seven months since he took office, Director Klinsmann has now stayed in Korea for only 73 days. At his inauguration press conference, he said, “Since I am the coach of the Korean national team, of course I will reside in Korea,” and it was reported that he had even found a house in Seoul. But his promise was spectacularly broken.
Rather, in an interview with Korean media during a trip to Europe, he said, “I completely understand the idea that I should stay in Korea,” but claimed, “But no one told me that I should stay in Korea.”
Not only is it controversial that he broke his promise to reside in Korea, which he directly mentioned, but Coach Klinsmann’s insincere working attitude toward the national team coach and comments that seem to ignore Korean soccer as well as fans are also problematic.
Coach Klinsmann seemed not to be focusing on his main job, the Korean national team. He devoted more time to side projects, including interviews with foreign media, being an advisor to UEFA, and running his own business.
In fact, watching the K-League recently was also ‘Eokjichunhyang’. In his interview on his return home, Director Klinsmann jokingly joked with reporters, “I came here because you guys told me to come,” leaving a strong impression that “I didn’t want to, but I had no choice but to come in.”
Coach Klinsmann then said about his future plans, “We will continue to go back and forth,” and seemed confident about working overseas. Regarding the worsening domestic public opinion, he even criticized the fans, saying, “If negative public opinion or bad stories keep coming out, the team will be shaken.” did.
It was even more explicit in an interview during a trip to Europe. Coach Klinsmann said, “It is not my job to take care of every K-League game. K-League coaches already know everything about domestic players.”
Coach Klinsmann also said, “It would be better to go to London or Munich, where Kim Min-jae is, than to stay in Seoul, where there is nothing to do,” and added, “I understand the mindset of the Korean media and fans, but that approach can backfire,” adding, “If the fans He also admonished, “It is inefficient to work the way you want to see it.”
Director Klinsmann is justifying working overseas for the reason of checking the European team. However, unless there is an injury, will they not select overseas players such as Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), and Lee Jae-seong (Mainz)? Moreover, there is no need to check overseas teams as the September A-match has just ended, and the October A-match schedule is not far away.
At this point, one cannot help but wonder what kind of contract Coach Klinsmann signed with the Korea Football Association (KFA). This is because if he had signed a basic and reasonable contract, he would have clearly specified ‘how long he will reside in Korea’ and ‘to what extent concurrent employment is permitted’.
However, looking at the omnipotent circumstances of what Director Klinsmann has said and done so far, it seems highly likely that this content is not clearly written in the contract. Otherwise, the Korea Football Association would not be able to be so helpless and defenseless.
In fact, European legends also doubted this. Brazilian legend Julio Cesar (44), who visited Korea on the 11th at the invitation of Racing City Group, said of Coach Klinsmann’s actions, “You just have to prove it through soccer.”
However, Cesar said, “When Coach Klinsmann and his divisions signed (with the association), there must have been some background. Couldn’t (the association) have already known that they were going to do that?” and added, “There is a part of it that is puzzling.” 카지노
Gianluca Zambrotta (46), an Italian legend with coaching experience, emphasized, “The national team and the club team are different. If he behaved like that, it would have been mentioned in the contract terms.”
Massimo Oddo (47), who was the head coach of SPAL until recently, also said, “I don’t think such a thing should be held accountable by a single coach. The entire national team must shoulder it and take responsibility for it all,” and said that Coach Klinsmann’s actions ultimately resulted in a grievance with the Korea Football Association. It was believed that it was in accordance with the terms of the contract and that there must have been mutual communication.
If the contract signed by the Korea Football Association with Coach Klinsmann does not contain such specific details, there is no way to avoid being called a ‘booger’. Director Klinsmann’s unconventional words and actions may be seen as individualistic, but if there is no way to check him due to a loophole in the contract, another controversy will inevitably arise. What exactly is contained in the contract? I’m curio