The Korea Football Association has appointed German soccer legend Jurgen Klinsmann (58), former US national team coach, as the successor to former national soccer team coach Paulo Bento (54, Portugal).
The Korea Football Association said on the 27th, “We decided to leave the leadership of the national soccer team to coach Klinsman.” 먹튀검증As per the agreement between the parties, the salary was not disclosed.
Coach Klinsman will return to Korea sometime next week and begin his full-fledged activities as the national soccer team coach. His A-match debut is a friendly match against Colombia at Munsu Stadium in Ulsan on the 24th of next month. The Korea Football Association will soon organize a coaching staff to assist the new coach.
In his greetings through the association, coach Klinsman said, “I am delighted and honored to be in charge of the Korean national soccer team.” I am honored to follow in the footsteps of great leaders, from coach Guus Hiddink to former coach Bento.” He added, “I will do my best to achieve successful results in the upcoming Asian Cup and 2026 World Cup.”
Coach Klinsmann is a legendary striker who played an active role as a leading star in Germany’s “Tank Corps” during his active career. He was responsible for the front line of the tank corps at the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship and led them to victory. In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, he met Korea in the group stage and scored two goals, suffering a painful defeat (2-3) to Taegeuk Warriors.
Reborn as a leader after retirement, he took charge of the German national team in 2004 and finished third at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. From 2011, he coached the U.S. national team and achieved results such as winning the 2013 North and Central America Championship and reaching the final round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
An official from the association said, “We have already coordinated opinions with coach Klinsman about the salary and contract period. “Whether or not to live in Korea was the last issue during his tenure,” he said.
Michael Müller, head of the National Team Reinforcement Committee, who led the recruiting of Klinsmann, cited five factors as prerequisites for appointing a new coach for the soccer team: ▶professionalism ▶experience ▶motivation ▶teamwork ▶environmental factors. Regarding the environmental factors, Chairman Müller explained, “Whether or not you reside in Korea during your tenure will be evaluated as important.”
Director Klinsman is evaluated as a ‘leader who knows how to draw the big picture’. The German daily newspaper Dievelt said in the past, “Coach Klinsmann was well received for his open management during his time as the head coach of the German national team.” The mindset of listening to the opinions of experts is the driving force that makes Klinsman’s leadership shine.”
In fact, when coach Klinsmann led the German national team, he focused on player selection and management, while entrusting the tactical part to head coach Joachim Löw to achieve division of labor. Meanwhile, Müller plans to hold a press conference on the 28th at the Soccer Hall in Sinmun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, and explain the process of appointing Klinsman as coach.