‘I knew it was coming’: Klinsmann leaves South Korea 5 days after returning…inevitable public fallout
Jürgen Klinsmann, head coach of the South Korean national soccer team, has traveled to the United States again. Just five days after returning to South Korea.
According to the Korea Football Association (KFA), Klinsmann left for his home in Los Angeles (LA) via 텍사스홀덤 Incheon International Airport on Sept. 19 (KST). This is five days after returning home with the team on the 14th.
Instead of coming to South Korea, Klinsmann had originally planned to travel to Germany. He planned to watch the Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen games to check up on Kim Min-jae, who plays for Munich, and to meet with European club officials. As expected, Klinsmann changed his plans and traveled to Korea with the team.
At the return press conference, Klinsmann explained why he changed his schedule and came to Korea: “I heard that many people were waiting for me. I heard a lot of things from the KFA, and when I heard that usually when a team returns home from an overseas trip, the coach also returns home, I thought twice about it.”
After returning to South Korea, Klinsmann visited the K League 1 scene. On the 16th, he watched Jeonbuk Hyundai and Gangwon FC play at Jeonju World Cup Stadium. On the 17th, he watched FC Seoul take on Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. That was it. Klinsmann was on a plane to the United States.
In truth, this was somewhat to be expected. In his return press conference, Klinsmann said, “I have a schedule to keep coming back and forth. There are games to watch overseas, but there is not much time left before the October A match, so after the game in England, the coaching staff and I need to prepare and analyze the next opponent. It means that we will continue the same way.
Klinsmann’s unilateral actions are only likely to increase the backlash against him. It’s not just the one win in six games that fans are criticizing Klinsmann for. Klinsmann has only been in South Korea for about two months of his six-month tenure with the national team. The rest of the time he was in the United States or Europe.
But Klinsmann’s trip didn’t end there. Instead of meeting with Korean reporters in person, Klinsmann did so online. Even the roster announcement for the A-match in September was made in a press release instead of a press conference. This would have been unthinkable under Paulo Bento.