“I was experienced and I felt trust in the explanation. I’m well aware of the latest trends.”꽁머니사이트
This is what Chung Mong-kyu, president of the Korea Football Association, said two days after the announcement of the appointment of Jurgen Klinsmann as the head coach of the South Korean national soccer team on March 1 last year. It was interpreted as a statement influenced by Klinsmann’s observation of the game on the World Cup stage while serving as a member of the FIFA Technical Research Group (TSG) during the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup.
Coincidentally, Klinsmann also confessed that he watched all Korean games as a member of TSG. Afterwards, he apparently ran to Chairman Chung Mong-gyu and made a de facto objection that he wanted to take charge of the national team.
Coach Klinsmann had a leadership vacuum of about three years at the time. He took over Hertha Berlin, Germany, in November 2019 and took charge of it for about three months until February 2020.
Except for Herta Berlin, the U.S. national soccer team, where he lives, was abandoned in November 2016 due to poor performance, which means that there is a gap of six years. Although he has little experience as a leader recently, he has held the baton of Germany, the U.S. national team, and Bayern Munich in the past, and knows the latest trends with World Cup TSG, so it is considered that Chairman Chung expected that a combination of the two experiences would help upgrade the Korean national team.
In addition, Klinsmann’s strength was his leadership that dominated key European players as he was a world-class striker.
However, TSG is merely an analyst who analyzes soccer. In long term, it can be regarded as a “trainer.” According to the soccer community, Chung’s tenacity and intuition played a major role in the appointment of Klinsmann as a national team coach, which has been a setback in the preparation process over the past year, as well as the contents and results of the Asian Cup.
Klinsmann is outspoken. Sometimes he is sincere, sometimes logical, and sometimes sharp.
He said this at an online press conference in August. “Because we are playing in a tight race in the middle of the field, the number of shooting attempts at 20m and 25m has decreased, and the score is not good,” he said at an online press conference in August. “Scoring is also on the decline in set piece situations.”
It meant that there were fewer goals in mid-range shots and set pieces, and more field goals were created through players’ breathing. From the listener’s point of view, it deserves applause in that it summarized the recent changes simply.
The problem is that his analysis does not work at all on the actual battlefield.
In this Asian Cup, Klinsmann-ho scored a total of 11 goals, including three penalty kicks, two free kicks, one set-piece goal from a corner kick, and one opponent’s own goal. There were only four field goals, but as Han Joon-hee, vice chairman of the Korea Football Association, admitted, the individual abilities of European players also had a great influence on field goals rather than goals in a promised pattern. Lee Kang-in’s wonder goal final goal, which runs 2-1 against Bahrain, is a case in point.
As Chairman Chung said, if Klinsmann was well aware of the latest trends, this kind of scene should have been played on the field, but the content and results were the opposite.
His explanation that he was playing a tight game in the middle of the field was also the opposite. The main point of the opponent team’s attack on the Korean national team in this Asian Cup was the wide gap between offense and defense. As Klinsmann played “Do Me Soccer,” which relied on the skills of key strikers in Europe due to poor tactical capabilities, the center of gravity of the tactic shifted to the front, which led to defensive midfielders such as Park Yong-woo suffering. Jordan and Malaysia persisted in biting it, resulting in a victory or a draw that was tantamount to victory.
More than a few footballers and soccer stakeholders are calling for Klinsmann’s resignation or replacement through the Asian Cup because they are quite confident that the national team will regress under his leadership. Many agree with the replacement theory based on the judgment that it is better to change the captain and start anew now rather than the national team reeling from the final qualifying round for the North-Central America World Cup.
The core of the theory is that what Klinsmann says and does is different, and there is no sign that Chung Mong-gyu is aware of it yet. In addition, Klinsmann does not have basic knowledge, cognitive skills, or work ethics as a coach of the Korean national soccer team. The arrival press conference on Tuesday was probably the last chance, but Klinsmann dumped it in a good way.
Of course, we need a leader who demonstrates his or her tactics and mercenary skills at the stadium, not understanding the latest trends. Chairman Chung Mong-gyu would be also aware of this.