Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany) has “finally” set foot on Korean soil. It has been 45 days since he left the country on the 1st of last month. The situation is so bitter that “homecoming” became a hot topic after the friendly match of the Korean national soccer team coach, but Klinsmann said, “It was a new experience because so many people “welcome” when returning from abroad.” It meant that he did not properly grasp the cold public opinion and boiling fan sentiment or was not even interested.

The KFA officially announced Klinsmann’s return to Korea after 6 p.m. on the 13th. After two consecutive European friendly matches against Wales and Saudi Arabia, Klinsmann was scheduled to go to Germany to watch the match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

Sadly, the news that the national team’s head coach will return home has become a hot topic in itself. Unlike his promise to “live in Korea” at the time of his inauguration, coach Klinsmann has stayed in Korea for only 67 days since his inauguration in March last year, sparking controversy over his so-called stay and bereaved family. Coach Klinsmann’s actions have hampered the Korean national team by staying at home in the U.S., conducting interviews on European football, announcing the national team list, and not attending the UEFA Champions League group draw.

Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 on the 14th. The reason why many more reporters than usual gathered at the scene of Director Klinsmann’s return to Korea was because it was unusual for him to set foot on Korean soil. The extremely common situation of the national team coach returning home after an international match held overseas has become a hot topic. It also meant that Coach Klinsmann and his national team were not progressing normally.

Of course, it was a situation where we had to somehow figure out what the domestic atmosphere and fan sentiment was like. Director Klinsmann, however, seemed oblivious to this throughout the interview. When asked why he suddenly came to Korea after trying to stay in Europe, he smiled brightly and said, “I came because you guys told me to come,” and when asked about the large number of reporters gathered, he said, “It’s a new experience to be welcomed by so many people after a friendly match like this.” The absurd reaction showed that Director Klinsmann did not fully understand the current situation.

The decision to return home was also far from arbitrary. Coach Klinsmann said, “KFA told me that many reporters will be waiting for the national team when they return from their overseas trip. Originally, I was planning to watch Kim Min-jae play against Bayern Munich against Leverkusen, but KFA asked if I could interview the players after returning to Korea. So he said there was no problem in changing (the existing schedule). “He will watch two games over the weekend after returning home,” he explained. KFA did not ask Coach Klinsmann to return to Korea, but asked whether it was possible for him to return, and Coach Klinsmann also changed his schedule and chose to return, as if he was being generous.

Furthermore, rather than staying permanently in the country, he even hinted at plans to leave the country again in the near future. He said, “I plan to watch two K-League games this weekend. I have schedules to keep going back and forth (overseas). “There are games that need to be watched in foreign countries such as Europe,” he explained. It means that you can watch the K-League games this coming weekend and then leave the country again. It also meant that this return to Korea was a one-off rather than an effort to alleviate the controversy surrounding him.

Director Klinsmann’s reaction, which was out of touch with fans, did not stop at the controversy over staying at home or going out. Klinsmann had fallen into a swamp of five consecutive games without a win (3 draws, 2 losses) until the last match against Wales. It was a ‘dishonorable record’ of being the most winless in his debut since the introduction of the full-time manager system. Afterwards, they narrowly ended their winless record with a hard-fought win over Saudi Arabia, ranked 54th (Korea 28th) in the FIFA rankings. Criticism of the performance, including Coach Klinsmann’s tactics, which are still as unknown as the shabby results, has been consistently raised.

Director Klinsmann, however, made a completely different assessment from public opinion. He said, “I feel good every time I convene. He seems to be able to find a lot of positive elements. “I think we are creating a very positive and improving team atmosphere,” he said. “There is not much time left until the Asian Cup. Ultimately, our reference point is the Asian Cup. “I have confidence and expectations that I will achieve good results in the Asian Cup and that I will achieve good results,” he said. At least from Director Klinsmann’s perspective, the past journey was quite positive.

Paradoxically, Director Klinsmann did not pay attention to the various controversies that he centered around, such as stay-at-home and outings, but actually requested fans and the media to create a positive public opinion and atmosphere. He also gave the example of his country Germany, which was eliminated in the group stage at the last World Cup in Qatar. The coach is at the center of all kinds of controversies, and the national team’s performance is not good, but support from fans and media is needed.

He said, “Teams preparing for the competition must receive positive public opinion and positive energy. Only then can you succeed. “No matter how strong we are united internally and no matter how positive we show, if negative public opinion is created or negative stories come out, the team is bound to be shaken,” he said. “That was the case with Germany in the last World Cup.” I received a lot of criticism right before the World Cup and everything was negative. In the end, I suffered the humiliation of being eliminated from the World Cup and going home. “Creating a positive atmosphere will help the team,” he added.

At the same time, he requested that all evaluations, including criticism, criticism, and even whether he should be dismissed, be made after the Asian Cup ends in January next year. The goal is to receive proper evaluation through the Asian Cup. Since his inauguration, he has consistently set his sights on winning the Asian Cup. Coach Klinsmann said, “I think there is plenty of time to criticize, whether it’s firing or doing something, if we don’t perform well in the Asian Cup or don’t get the results we want. If the results are not good, you have no choice but to take the exam. “That is the director’s destiny,” he said. This means that he will continue to hold the baton as steadily as he does now until at least the Asian Cup, and that all kinds of controversies surrounding him will continue until then.


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