Jürgen Klinsmann, head coach of the South Korean national team.메이저놀이터 There is a firm misconception. He is not a ‘superstar’. He’s a ‘challenger’ with something to prove in Korea.
But if his behavior is any indication, he’s playing the superstar game. He refuses to stay in South Korea as the national team coach, and is eager to go abroad to see what Harry Kane is like, what Lionel Messi is like, and so on.
His behavior is nothing but a desire to show off his superstar status. I would like to ask him what he gets out of being the manager of the South Korean national team by analyzing the actions of Kane and Messi. As a superstar, you have to go to the UEFA Champions League (UCL) group draw ceremony to look good.
Superstars. That’s right. Everyone knows you’re a superstar as a player. But as a coach? No. Has he ever proven himself as a manager? Controversial, controversial, controversial. A German national team legend was the first to criticize him. I’ve never heard anyone praise Klinsmann’s career.
Let’s be honest: why did he take over the Korean national team? Because he was pushed out of the ‘mainstream’. World-class coaches don’t come to Korea. Everyone knows that. If we were globally competitive, we’d be in Europe. Or a world-class national team.
The KFA can’t even offer Saudi Arabian salaries. So when European managers come to Korea after 2010, it’s because they haven’t been recognized as competitive in Europe, they’ve had a few failures, and they’re coming to Korea with the intention of starting over.
That was the case with Paulo Bento. He was on a downward spiral after a series of failures, and then rebounded with the South Korean national team with a World Cup round of 16 performance.
Klinsmann is no different. He’s a challenger. He’s in a position where he has to prove himself as a coach in South Korea. Having been pushed out of the mainstream, he is not in a position to look down on Korean soccer with the mindset of a superstar. Let’s face it.
It’s a desperate situation that needs to be resurrected as hard as possible. He’s putting everything on the line, but he’s focusing more on his personal schedule and celebrity, which is why controversies arise.
The latest controversy is in-person. This is also a typical superstar mindset. He responded to the controversy by holding an online press conference, the first of its kind in Korean soccer. He pushed Korean soccer fans off a cliff.
He broke his promise to stay in Korea. He broke the rule that coaches are supposed to check on players who go abroad. He broke his trust as the head coach of the Korean national team.
“It’s an exaggeration to say that I don’t live in Korea,” he defended.
“Regardless of where you are physically, I think the way to communicate and observe the players is different now than before. I can go to the stadiums, but even if I don’t, I’m still in constant contact with my coaching staff in each country to check on their status,” he said proudly.
This is a warning that he will continue to break promises. It’s a warning that he will continue to break rules.
It’s a warning that they will continue to break rules. He said he didn’t have to go to the stadium to know, so he didn’t have to go to Son Heung-min’s game. There was no need to meet Kim Ji-soo, which means there was no reason to travel to Europe to check on the players. This was already done by coaches based overseas.
He was traveling to the United States and Europe because of his personal schedule, and he was trying to create a rationale for his overseas stay by claiming that he checked on Son Heung-min and Kim Ji-soo, nothing more, nothing less.
By that logic, he doesn’t need to come to Korea unless there is an A-match. That’s not what he wants.
Even if he comes to Korea, he doesn’t need to go to the K League and soccer scene. It’s a different world where you can know everything without meeting face-to-face, so what’s the point of running around. You can just sit at your desk and review the documents and videos you’ve received.
This is not the role of a director. It’s the job of an advisor or a consultant. It’s something that can only be done on the sidelines. Right now, the Korean national team coach is working harder on the sidelines.
The world may change, the system may change, but some things remain the same. Face-to-face communication, seeing, hearing, speaking, and feeling emotions, and the atmosphere on the field cannot be conveyed through documents and videos. They can also be distorted. That’s why ‘all’ national team managers except him go to the field.
How can you build a cohesive and solid team without seeing the K League players who form the foundation of the national team, which is something you can never do with documents and cell phones.
His non-face-to-face mindset has led to a first-of-its-kind online press conference and now a first-of-its-kind roster announcement without a national team coach. Klinsmann will be traveling directly to Europe for the September A matches.
Who makes the roster announcement in Korea, who explains the thoughts and direction of the roster, and online? What is this? How to create a strange world where there is no national team coach at the roster announcement.
Don’t assume that just because you’re a superstar that you’re going to carry on the world that everyone else was carrying on. Again, you’re not a superstar. It’s a position that you have to prove humbly from the bottom up. It’s like being the head coach of the Korean national team. It’s always a challenger on the world stage.
Korean soccer fans don’t want a superstar. They want a coach who loves the team and loves Korean soccer.
They don’t just want to see international results and a high level of performance, but they also want to see a coach who understands and integrates Korean culture and traditions outside of the game. Is this too much to ask? No, it’s not. It’s a courtesy to Korea. Every coach and player who goes to a foreign country does it. It’s an important part of their success to adapt to the culture. What Klinsmann is doing here is ignoring an essential requirement for success. Who can trust him?
There is an essential ingredient for that. He needs to be in Korea for a long time. The longer you are here, the faster you can adapt. No wonder Korean soccer fans are begging him to stay.
Finally, when asked if he doesn’t watch the league himself, Klinsmann said.
“I watched as many games as I could in the K League, and not just the K League, but also the U League and the Osango in the higher leagues. I’ve also been watching the age-group national teams to get a better understanding of Korean soccer and who to put in the national team pool.”
Here’s how many games Klinsmann has watched since his appointment to the Korean national team in March. A total of 13 games in his five months in charge.
For reference, the K League 1 has 27 rounds. Compared to K League 1 and the A National Team, K League 2, where neither league news nor player-related information is relatively well known to the outside world, has passed the 25th round.
*National teams by age (2 games)
-05. 03 U-20 National Team vs Bucheon FC 1995
-05. 04 U-20 National Team vs Sungkyunkwan University
*K League Junior (1 match)
-06. 24 FC Seoul U-18 vs Jeonnam Dragons U-18
*U League (1 match)
-06. 23 Hanyang University vs Sangji University
*K League 2 (1 game)
-05. 03 Ansan Greeners vs Gimcheon Commerce
*K League 1 (10 matches)
-03. 12 FC Seoul vs Ulsan Hyundai
-03. 19 Daegu FC vs Jeonbuk Hyundai
-04. 01 Incheon United vs Daegu FC
-04. 26 Jeonbuk Hyundai vs Daejeon Hana Citizen
-04. 29 Suwon FC vs FC Seoul
-04. 30 Pohang Steelers vs Incheon United
-05. 05 FC Seoul vs Jeonbuk Hyundai
-06. 03 Jeonbuk Hyundai vs Ulsan Hyundai
-06. 10 Ulsan Hyundai vs Jeju United
-06. 24 Suwon Samsung vs FC Seoul
*Team K League (1 match)
-07. 27 Team K League vs Atletico Madrid