Jurgen Klinsmann (59), national soccer team coach, took the first step toward winning the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
Coach Klinsman, who finished a short break, is busy from the 14th. Starting with checking European players, he will participate in the International Football Federation (FIFA) Post World Cup Coaching Forum, attend the 2023 AFC Asian Cup draw ceremony held in Qatar, and inspect the base camp where the national team will stay.
First, coach Klinsmann starts with captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham), then meets youngest Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic), Kim Min-jae (Napoli), Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), and Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) in turn. After watching the match between Tottenham and Bournemouth in London on the 15th, he will go to Scotland to watch the match between Celtic and Kilmarnock.
In Italy, we visit the site of the second leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) between Napoli and AC Milan. However, as Kim Min-jae cannot participate in this game due to accumulated warnings, it is expected that personal interviews with players will be the main focus. He complained of physical and mental fatigue right after the A match in March, so it seems that coach Klinsman should take good care of him.
The last schedule is Germany. Coach Klinsmann will go to his home country Germany to watch the match between Mainz and Bayern Munich on the 22nd. The next day, on the 23rd, we are going to watch the match between Freiburg and Schalke 04 with little Jung Woo-young. However, Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), and Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos) were unable to take care of themselves due to schedule problems.
Coach Klinsman will return to Korea around the 27th after completing a tour of four European countries. After spending some maintenance time in Korea, he will depart for Qatar with the association’s staff to prepare for the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup finals in earnest. 안전놀이터
First, coach Klinsman will participate in the FIFA Post World Cup coaching forum for two days in Doha, Qatar on the 7th. After that, he will attend the Asian Cup final draw ceremony on the 11th. Coaches do not accompany each other.
He also personally checks the base camp where the national team will stay. An official from the Korea Football Association said, “Coach Klinsman will return to Korea in mid-May after touring the national team’s lodging and training camp after the group draw ceremony.” We are going to play,” he said.
Klinsmanho’s goal is to win. Although Korea is called the ‘Asian Tiger’, the last win has to go back 63 years. Korea has never lifted a trophy since winning the first tournament in 1956 and the second tournament in 1960. In the last 2015 Australian tournament, he was unable to resolve his grudge by winning runner-up after an extended bloody battle.
This tournament is also the midterm exam for coach Klinsman. He recently took the lead of the national team, and in his first interview after taking office, he said, “His goal is to win the Asian Cup.” As it is his first major tournament, his performance in this tournament is expected to be an important criterion for evaluating his leadership skills.
Meanwhile, Korea was assigned to Pot 1 of the Asian Cup along with host country Qatar, Japan, Iran, Australia and Saudi Arabia. This port was determined based on the recently announced FIFA rankings.