South Korea’s men’s soccer team stumbles while relying on a foreign coach. Japan’s men’s national soccer team is thriving despite relying on foreign coaches. Led by Jürgen Klinsmann (59-Germany) since March, the South Korean soccer team recently earned its first win after three draws and two losses with a 1-0 victory in an exhibition match against Saudi Arabia, but it is still uneasy.
On the other hand, Japan, coached by Hajime Moriyasu (55) shortly after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has recently won four straight matches, scoring four or more goals in each of its four A matches against powerhouses such as Germany and Turkiye. The contrast between the foreign-managed Korean team and the domestic-managed Japanese team is stark.
The problem is that the Korean Football Association’s (KFA) executives’ reliance on foreigners to manage the men’s and women’s national teams must end. The KFA will have to taste the bitterness of failure in the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America starting in November to wake up.
It has been pointed out that South Korean soccer, the only team in Asia to qualify for the World Cup 10 times in a row from Mexico in 1986 to Qatar in 2022, is facing a crisis. Considering the reality that the team’s color and performance are determined by the coach, a solution must be found in some form.
Klinsmann has one win, three draws, and two losses in six games since his appointment
Klinsmann’s appointment as head coach of the South Korean national team began in earnest on Jan. 11, when the KFA appointed German-born Michael Mueller, 58, to replace Lee Yong-soo, 64, who had served as the KFA’s technical commissioner since April 2018. 바카라사이트
Muller had been in contact with former Spanish professional soccer team Valencia coach Jose Bordallas (59) to succeed Paulo Bento (55-Portugal, whose term expired in December) at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but in March, he appointed former Germany national team coach Klinsmann, a former star player, at an annual salary of 2 billion won ($1.2 million).
Klinsmann, who led Germany to victories at the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 1996 UEFA Euro, also coached Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup. After finishing his stint with the U.S. national team in 2018, Klinsmann coached Hertha BSC in Germany until 2020, but he hasn’t held a head coaching position in about three years, and has been criticized for his reputation as a player but not as a manager.