“Isn’t that an exaggeration?” Klinsmann responds to three controversies

August 21, 2023 | by

“Isn’t it an exaggeration?”

Jürgen Klinsmann, 59, the head coach of the South Korean national soccer team, has opened up about the controversy surrounding him.

Klinsmann, one of the most decorated coaches of all time, has recently come under fire for his attendance at work. This has been a concern since his arrival in South Korea, as he was often absent from his home country’s soccer program.

As public opinion heated up over this and other issues, it was fortunate that he met with the media non-face-to-face on the 17th and 18th to explain himself.

Was he gone again? vs. exaggerating?

Klinsmann’s critics breathe a sigh of relief at the length of his stay. After taking a month-long vacation in the United States at the end of June, Klinsmann left Korea again on August 1 to observe the European wave. In fact, Klinsmann is staying at home in the United States, not in Europe.

“He’s gone again?” is a common criticism among fans. In fact, in his fifth month in charge, Klinsmann has spent more time away (96 days as of August 17) than he has been in Korea (67 days). Klinsmann will be in Europe until the September trials, so his time away will be even longer.

But Klinsmann doesn’t think it’s fair. “I’m based in Korea,” he said. It’s an exaggeration to say that I don’t live in Korea,” he said, adding that “the way we observe players (in the U.S. instead of Europe) is different than it was 20 or 30 years ago.”

“In my absence, Head Coach Andreas Herzog and the rest of the coaching staff will be observing the players in Korea. I can assure you that we will be looking at a lot of players before the Asian Cup next January to finalize the roster.”

“Whether I am doing a good job as the national team coach is for the fans to evaluate,” Klinsmann said, “but I am thinking about how to grow Korean soccer, trying to understand the trends and currents in world soccer. (The national team coach) must have an international perspective.”

“Only Europeans?” vs “The door is open”

Part of the frustration with Klinsmann’s frequent trips abroad is the perception that he favors the Europeans. Unlike his April visit to the Europeans, where he met with players one-on-one, Klinsmann rarely shows his face in the K League. It was a big shock when German third-stringer Park Gyu-hyun (Dynamo Dresden), who is hardly considered more competitive than a K-Leaguer, was given the flag without any verification.

“I don’t just favor Europeans,” Klinsmann said. “When I was in charge of the U.S. national team and we went to the World Cup in Brazil, we had 13 MLS players and the rest were Europeans. It’s just about finding the best possible squad,” he said.

“We’ve only had two calls up to this point,” Klinsmann said. It’ll be interesting to see how the players change and if we can find a combination.” 카지노

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