Is South Korea national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann really trying to understand Korean soccer?
On the 23rd (KST), ESPN hosted a panel on its YouTube channel to analyze the second round of the 2023-24 Premier League (EPL) between Tottenham and Manchester United, as well as Lionel Messi and Harry Kane. One of the panelists was, surprisingly, Klinsmann.
Currently, Klinsmann continues to be criticized for his frequent foreign interviews while working abroad. Public opinion has gotten worse and worse. Klinsmann must be aware of the bad publicity he is receiving.
During his press conference with South Korean media over the past 17-18 days, Klinsmann was asked about the remote work controversy. He must have gotten a sense of the public opinion in South Korea about his working arrangements.
But his demeanor hasn’t changed. He is still willing to be interviewed by foreign media. After the press conference with the Korean media, he was interviewed by foreign media as well. This is very different from his attitude towards the K League. At the press conference to announce his appointment as national team manager, he said, “I will work in Korea. I’m a Korean coach, so it’s natural for me to stay here. I will live in Korea and learn the culture” now feels like a lie.
In the past six months or so, Klinsmann has been in Korea for just over two months, but he has watched less than 20 K League games in person. Since March 9, when Klinsmann started his job as Korea’s head coach, there have been 622 K League games, 312 in K League 1 and 310 in K League 2. That’s an attendance rate of less than 5%.
Klinsmann said he watched “as many games as possible,” but the numbers tell a different story. It’s a far cry from the days of Paulo Bento, who often traveled to K League games, even with his own team.
According to Klinsmann, advisor Chadoori and coach Michael Kim visit the K League regularly, and other coaches take turns watching K League players, but Klinsmann himself seems to have no interest in the K League. It’s even weirder that Klinsmann doesn’t question whether he’s really trying to understand Korean soccer. 온라인카지노
“Not only do I watch the K League, but I also watch the U League and the Osango Osango. I’ve also been watching the age-group national teams to get a better understanding of Korean soccer and who to include in the national team pool. My coaching staff and I watch a lot of players, both local and foreign, and we’re constantly trying to find good combinations and figure out how to build the best team.” However, based on his actions so far, he doesn’t seem like someone who is trying to understand Korean soccer at all.
Rather, he seems to be interested in how world soccer works. Klinsmann himself admitted this. “Personally, I watch a lot of UEFA Champions League (UCL). It’s the best