日 “Klinsmann’s first win doesn’t guarantee Asian Cup”
Jürgen Klinsmann (59-Germany) may have won his first game in charge of the South Korean national team, but it has been suggested that he has not yet solidified his position as the country’s coach for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
“Klinsmann, a star player-turned-coach, finally got his first win as the head coach of the Korean national soccer team,” said the Japanese daily Tokyo Sports Shimbun. However, the outlook for the Asian Cup remains unclear,” the newspaper reported.
South Korea, ranked 28th in the world, beat 54th-ranked Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a neutral-site trial on Sept. 13. Klinsmann has not won in five consecutive A matches since taking over in March 2023, with three draws and two defeats.
The 18th AFC Asian Cup will kick off on January 12, 2024 in Qatar. “South Korea’s doubts about Klinsmann grew despite the win over Saudi Arabia,” said the Tokyo Sports Shimbun.
South Korea was outscored by the Saudis 17-4, with 7 draws and 6 losses. To Klinsmann’s credit, he oversaw South Korea’s fifth win against Saudi Arabia.
It was also the first time South Korea beat Saudi Arabia in an A match since the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, 5412 days (14 years, 9 months, 26 days) after the Asian final qualifier.
However, the Tokyo Sports Shimbun said, “Criticism of Klinsmann’s irresponsible attitude has overridden the positive reaction to the victory. The outpouring of criticism could not be silenced,” and introduced the mood in Korea.
The Tokyo Sports Shimbun summarized the negative public opinion of Klinsmann in South Korea to its Japanese readers by saying, “He seems to be looking at something other than his main job, which is to coach the Korean national soccer team 바카라사이트.”
South Korea finished 16th at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It was their third-best finish in FIFA World Cup history, behind fourth in 2002 and 15th in 2010. It will be interesting to see if Klinsmann can fulfill the expectations that have naturally grown for the AFC Asian Cup.
During his playing days, Klinsmann was a legendary player who was named one of FIFA’s 125 greatest players of all time. After retirement, Klinsmann managed the Germany national team from 2004-2006, the United States national team from 2011-2016, and Hertha (Germany) from 2019-2020.
Klinsmann led Germany to back-to-back third-place finishes at the 2005 Confederations Cup and 2006 World Cup. Under Klinsmann, the United States won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and finished 15th at the 2014 World Cup.