Former US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany) has emerged as the next head coach of the Korean national soccer team.
An official familiar with German football news told the JoongAng Ilbo on the 22nd, “Coach Klinsman is currently negotiating with the Korea Football Association. Klinsmann is from Germany, but currently resides in California, USA. It is evaluated that Klinsmann has the qualifications for Korea’s next command tower in that he has World Cup experience as a player and manager as well as national team and club team coach.
This official predicted that if the meeting ends successfully, there is a high possibility that he will be appointed as the Korean command tower. If Klinsman takes the baton, he will become the German command tower to lead Korea again in six years since former coach Uli Stielike (69, Germany). Coach Stielike resigned in 2017 ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to poor performance.
Klinsmann was a legendary striker in German football. He played 108 national matches (A matches) and scored 47 goals. During his active career, he wore long blonde hair, earning him the nickname ‘Blonde Bomber’. He played a leading role in winning the 1990 World Cup in Italy, scoring three goals. He is familiar even to Korean fans. This is because he scored two goals in the group stage match against Korea in the 1994 World Cup USA. At that time, thanks to Klinsmann’s performance, Germany won a sweaty 3-2 victory over Korea. 바카라사이트
Klinsman also has something in common with Korea’s captain and ace Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham). This is because Klinsman is also a former Tottenham legend striker. He scored 29 goals in the 1994-95 season at Tottenham and is treated as a team legend. It is like Son Heung-min’s team senior.
At the same time as retiring from active duty, he started his leadership career as a ‘firefighter’ for his national team, which was shocked and eliminated in the group stage of the 2004 European Football Championship (Euro 2004). Overturning the saying that a former star player cannot become a star leader, he led the revival of German football, which had fallen into a swamp of stagnation. He led his country to 3rd place in the 2006 World Cup held in hometown. Coach Joachim Löw, who led Germany to victory in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and Hansi Flick, the current head coach of the German national team, were Klinsmann’s coaches at the time.
Afterwards, he coached Bayern Munich in the German professional football Bundesliga from 2008 to 2009, and then led the U.S. national team from 2011 to 2016. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the United States advanced to the round of 16. Since quitting her job as coach of Hertha Berlin in Germany in 2020, he has been living as an ‘unemployed’.