Will Jürgen Klinsmann keep his job as head coach of the South Korean national soccer team after the September A-match?
The South Korean national soccer team was drawn in Group H alongside Portugal, Uruguay, and Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It was a tough group with continental powerhouses, but South Korea finished second in Group H and advanced to the round of 16. It had been 12 years since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
After guiding South Korea to the round of 16, coach Paulo Bento stepped down as head coach of the national team after the World Cup in Qatar. The Korean Football Association, looking for a foreign coach to lead the team to the 2026 World Cup in North America, hired Klinsmann. Klinsmann signed a contract through the World Cup in North and Central America.
Expectations were high, but the Klinsmann was creaky from the start. After four games, Klinsmann has yet to earn his first win, with two draws and two losses. Adding to this is Klinsmann’s own controversy. Klinsmann has been in office for about six months, but has only spent 67 days in South Korea. The rest of his time was spent overseas.
Despite the controversy in Korea, Klinsmann insists on working from home. He even made a bizarre move to watch the UEFA Champions League group stage draw instead of attending a K League 1 match. He also held a meeting with reporters online instead of in person on the 17th. The announcement of the September A-match roster was completed by sending out a press release instead of a press conference.
The British public broadcaster ‘BBC’ also understood the mood in Korea. ‘BBC’ said on the 7th (KST), “Klinsmann has been under pressure for just six months. “Klinsmann is under pressure after just six months in charge, not only because of poor results but also because his style of coaching is not going down well,” the BBC reported.
The BBC highlighted Klinsmann’s working methods. “Klinsmann runs the national team by remote control. Initially, he said he would live in South Korea like his predecessor, but in six months, he spent only 67 days in the country.”
The BBC had a strong warning for Klinsmann at the end. “South Korea play Wales and Saudi Arabia in September. “If results don’t improve in those two games, Klinsmann can stay in California as long as he wants,” it said. “If he doesn’t win in six games, the Korean media and fans will want him fired and the team to prepare for the Asian Cup with a new coach.” 바카라사이트
So will Klinsmann be sacked if the September A matches don’t produce results? Realistically, it’s unlikely. The South Korean national team is set to compete at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar next January. That’s only about four months away. Sacking Klinsmann for a poor September A-match would disrupt the team’s preparations for the Asian Cup.