‘Failure to Win’ Football Team Returned… Coach Klinsmann’s Position Announced

‘Failure to Win’ Football Team Returned… Coach Klinsmann’s Position Announced

The national soccer team, which was eliminated in the semifinals of the Qatar Asian Cup, returned to Korea through Incheon International Airport a little while ago.

Most of the overseas players, including captain Son Heung-min, returned to their teams from Qatar, and only the main team, which was centered on domestic players, entered the country.

Coach Klinsmann will announce his position on the issue of Asian Cup society and his future.

Let’s take a look at the site.

[Klinsman / Coach of the national soccer team]

First of all, I’m leading this team and I’m very happy because I’m leading this team.

I really wanted to win this competition as much as you guys.

I really wanted to win and I wanted to win with our players, but I think we didn’t achieve the goal we wanted when we lost the game against Jordan.

Until we met Jordan, we still brought results and rewarded them with good results, but when we met Jordan in the semifinals, I thought Jordan was a much better team and that Jordan had enough sniping to advance to the finals.

In fact, during the 13 games, I was appointed as the national team coach for a year before the Jordan game, and there were 13 games results before the Jordan game, and of course, I think there were a lot of good things.

As a coach, it’s the same for individual players, but there were some good things and some positive things, so I think it’s very important for us to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers that are just around the corner.


You said this tournament was successful, but you said 13 matches were good. In fact, losing 10 goals in the tournament is not normal, and it is hard to find a precedent in our history.

You said that disappointment was normal in this part, but this situation is not normal. Do you think why this problem happened, especially in defense?

[Klinsman / Coach of the national soccer team]

First of all, I can’t say it’s a failure because I made it to the semifinals of the competition.

I personally felt how difficult the competition was, and since it was held in the Middle East, I saw many East Asian teams struggle against Middle East teams, not only us, but also Japan and China.

In a way, Middle Eastern teams were able to feel how much, emotionally, and encouraged they had to play in a home game. But anyway, I think it’s very positive when it comes to advancing to the semifinals and I want to compliment our players.

Anyway, as we played the tournament, a lot of people and soccer fans came to the venue and cheered for us. As I keep telling you, we wanted to win this tournament as well as you, but anyway, there were many positive things in a difficult situation, so I would like to think about those things.


Despite falling in the quarterfinals in 2019 and the Asian Cup, Bento was disappointed, but public opinion has not deteriorated this much. There has been no resignation.

Even though they advanced to the semifinals, why did the atmosphere of resignation and replacement come out like this? Why do you think this is the reason.

[Klinsman / Coach of the national soccer team]

I don’t know exactly why, but what I want to tell you is that I want to tell you about our growth over the past year.

There are many new things we have grown and discovered through this tournament, and I would like to say that we are looking forward to the upcoming North-Central American World Cup by bringing young players to the team little by little after I took the helm over the past year and taking more time to play.

And I think that the emotional part and the joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure that we can get through soccer are part of soccer.

In the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia and the quarterfinals against Australia, a lot of people must have been happy with our dramatic match, a lot of people must have been looking forward to it, and I think there must have been a lot of positive media and other stories like that. Of course, if I come back with a defeat like this, I think public opinion will be turned upside down if I get eliminated from the tournament again.

In a more negative way, I think there will be extreme remarks. As a soccer player, there are moments when I feel happy through these emotions and bad results in a tournament or a game, and I know how much criticism I have to get. And I think that we know how to accept such criticism, and that’s what we can accept as a leader and as a soccer player, we accept.

But the most important thing is that we are growing positively, and I think that this team is growing in the right direction.


I think we can’t help but talk about Son Heung-min, but we all heard that the coach told Son Heung-min before the tournament that no matter how famous he is, it’s no use without a trophy, but as a result, Son Heung-min couldn’t do that.

So how was it? Son Heung-min said, “I don’t know if the coach will pick me again or not after the game.” How did you get the truth of that saying that he said he might not play for the national team anymore.

Did Son Heung-min talk about it again, and now in March, if the coach continues to take the helm, are you going to pick Son Heung-min?

[Klinsman / Coach of the national soccer team]

First of all, I’m constantly texting with Son Heung-min.

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