South Korean soccer won its third consecutive Asian Games title, and national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann congratulated the team at the October A-Match press conference.
However, Klinsmann’s comments once again highlighted the negligence of the Korean Football Association. The KFA’s incompetence was evident even in the slopes of Korean soccer.
At 10 a.m. on the 9th, the KFA held an online press conference regarding Klinsmann’s call-up for the October A match.
On October 2, the KFA announced the 24-man roster for the South Korean national team’s two home friendlies against Hana Bank. Coach Klinsmann, who also announced the A squad in September through a press release, announced the A squad again without a press conference, and only gave an interview a week later.
The squad, including Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in, will convene at the Paju National Training Center at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9. Oh Hyun-gyu, Hwang Eui-jo and Hwang Hee-chan will join later on the 9th, while Cho Kyu-sung, Kim Min-jae, Park Yong-woo and Hwang In-beom will join on the 10th. South Korea will play two friendly matches against Tunisia on Sept. 13 (8 p.m., Seoul World Cup Stadium) and Vietnam on Sept. 17 (8 p.m., Suwon World Cup Stadium).
Klinsmann began the press conference by congratulating the Korean national soccer team on their gold medal at the Asian Games. “The Asian Games gold medal will be a great motivation for the players. We are looking forward to the Asian Cup next January,” he said.
“Before I signed with the KFA, I didn’t know much about the players’ military service obligations,” Klinsmann added, “and I realized that there was a lot of stress around that. “We didn’t get the information we should have gotten from the federation, we found out from the players during the call-up period.
The federation has shown a complete lack of control over the problems with Klinsmann, who was appointed as the A team coach in February. Since his appointment, Klinsmann has spent more time abroad than he has in Korea, which has led to a series of controversial statements about the national team and domestic soccer.
In addition, Klinsmann held a video press conference while in the U.S. to address the Korean media and replaced the announcement of the roster at the September call-up with a press release. Korean fans have criticized Klinsmann for being a sellout, especially when he appeared on U.S. television and talked about Lionel Messi and the EPL instead of the national team. 먹튀검증
He also had a falling out with Hwang Sun-hong, the head coach of the Hangzhou Asian Games team. When Klinsmann wanted to select a player from the final roster for the Asian Games as a trialist for the national team, Hwang asked for an accommodation as the tournament was just around the corner, but there was no agreement. In the end, Seol Young-woo, who was selected as a wildcard for Hwang’s Asian Games squad, was selected for Klinsmann’s September call-up to the A squad and had to play a grueling schedule of Korea-UK (A Match), Korea-China (Asian Games), and South Korea in September and October.
Along the way, it was pointed out that Klinsmann did not understand the importance of the Asian Games in Korea. As a foreign coach, this is understandable.