I’m worried about many things, but the thing I’m most concerned about is the sense of the scene.
Coach Jürgen Klinsmann, whom the Korea Football Association selected as the next head coach of the national team A, made a name for himself as a world-class striker during his active career, but was unsuccessful as a leader.
There were times when it was fine. In 2006, coach Klinsmann led the German national team to the World Cup held in his home country and finished third. Although he did not advance to the finals, it was a performance worthy of the status of the tank corps. Coach Klinsman, who became the head coach of the U.S. national team in 2011, advanced to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, surviving in the group of death to which Germany, Portugal and Ghana belonged.
It was just this far. Coach Klinsman stepped down in 2016 due to poor performance and leadership issues. Afterwards, he struggled to find a job, and in 2019, he took the helm of Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga, but became the protagonist of a skit in which he resigned after 77 days in office. It also caused controversy by announcing his resignation on his social media.
Excluding his career in Berlin, coach Klinsmann has been with the national team for more than six years. He did not serve as a leader for three years, including his time in Berlin. Literally, it is a ‘person from the past’.
While working at the Technical Study Group (TSG) of the International Football Federation (FIFA), he observed the world soccer trend, but he only watched it from the outside. He belongs to a team as an insider, and the process of interacting with players and building an organization was a long time ago for him. It is doubtful whether he will be able to keep up with the ever-changing global soccer trends and players’ tendencies.
Besides, coach Klinsman has no ties to Asian football. He is known to have a close relationship with Cha Doo-ri, head of FC Seoul’s Youth Enhancement Office, but it is only a personal relationship. I don’t know the Korean soccer environment, nor the trends and characteristics of Asian soccer. They accompany Korea with the difficult task of adapting to an unfamiliar environment where they are new to everything.
To make matters worse, his first evaluation stage was less than a year away. Coach Klinsman needs to be verified at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup held in Qatar in early 2024. It will be the first evaluation gateway to the World Cup, but it is questionable how well he will perform in the Asian Cup, as he has no Asian soccer experience.
In order to smoothly prepare for a big tournament in a short period of time, experience, information, and know-how are important, but coach Klinsman must navigate with many risks.
If you have excellent capabilities as a leader, you can minimize the time to recover your senses on the field, but coach Klinsman is always a leader with question marks. Former coach Paulo Bento also came to the national team after walking on a downward trend, but he was a command tower with a ‘division’ that he had been with for a long time. His high-level training program and tactics built in line with world trends are not inferior to those of European players.
On the other hand, coach Klinsman is famous for his lack of tactical ability in the first place. He is a ‘motivator-type’ or ‘manager-type’ leader, so it is unknown whether he will satisfy the players’ desires. Even if you work with a talented new division, working with them can be a challenge and a variable. 메이저사이트
Maybe that’s why Michael Müller, the head of the Power Reinforcement Committee of the Association, couldn’t explain the reason for appointing coach Klinsman. If the abstract basis of “human charm and interest in Korea” is the motivation for holding director Klinsman’s hand, there is no choice but to raise a critical mind about the seniority.
Of course, director Klinsman can overcome various concerns and continue his successful career in Korea. However, there is no doubt that he is still a senior with more concerns than expected.
Coach Klinsman, who is receiving such attention, is scheduled to make his debut as a Korean coach in the A-match evaluation match against Colombia to be held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 24th.