Jurgen Klinsmann, the new coach of the Korean national team, meets a rough (?) opponent even before his debut.
On the 24th, Korea will play an evaluation match against Colombia at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan. This match is Klinsman’s Korean debut.
Colombia is a country that has a relationship with coach Klinsman. Colombia, which failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last year, left coach Reinaldo Rueda and looked for a new coach. A strong candidate was director Klinsman. However, the relationship between Klinsman and Colombia was not established. Ultimately, coach Nestor Lorenzo was appointed.
Colombia’s ‘Noticias RCN’ said on the 5th (Korean time), “It was rather surprising news that Lorenzo was appointed as coach. There was another option as a candidate for the national team coach. He is a European coach who wanted Colombia. That is coach Klinsman. Coach Klinsman could have been a Colombian coach. He was the closest coach to Colombia.”
The media added, “Coach Lionel Scaloni was also on the list, but only Klins came closer. It almost went to the brink of approval by the head of the Colombian Football Association, Ramon Jesúlún. But in the end, we decided not to hire coach Klinsman.” 메이저놀이터
Lastly, the media expressed surprise, saying, “Like a coincidence, coach Klinsman is making his debut as a Korean coach, and the opponent is Colombia.”
Coach Klinsmann’s actions before coming to Korea are being revealed, including reports from Polish media that he applied to coach the Polish national team right after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Meanwhile, coach Klinsman will return to Korea on the 8th and hold his first press conference on the 9th.