Jürgen Klinsmann, 59, has one of the best careers of any South Korean national soccer team manager.
A ‘world-class’ striker for the ages. He was one of the key attackers for Germany’s ‘Tank Corps’, winning both the World Cup and European Championships. At the club level, he played for Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Tottenham, winning the Bundesliga top scorer, UEFA Cup top scorer, and two Ballon d’Ors.
As you’d expect from a former star player, he’s laid back. This is something that impressed the president of the Korean Football Association, Chung Mong-kyu, who handpicked Klinsmann. His interview skills, especially in dealing with controversy, are admirable. He is honest without being evasive. He gives a ‘model answer’ that is neither too much nor too little.
From our first meeting, he turned the unflattering spotlight on himself in his inaugural press conference. When asked about his lack of tactics, he said, “A coach is judged by the content and results of the game.” “I will do it the right way and silence the negative public opinion.” When asked about the social media announcement of his departure after two months in charge of Hertha Berlin (GER), he readily admitted his mistake. “It will never happen again,” she said. He also drew a clear line in the sand regarding the role of the foreign coaching staff accompanying him.
This was the case with Park Yong-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), who was embroiled in a racism controversy. Park took the field in the 27th minute of the second half in place of the injured Won Doo-jae (Gimcheon Commerce). It was his A-match debut. Initially, there were many speculations that he would not be able to play. After his selection to the national team, a racism controversy erupted at his club, Ulsan. Park Yong-woo, other Ulsan players, and head coach Hong Myung-bo apologized, but the situation hasn’t been resolved. The KFA has scheduled a punishment committee on the 22nd.
In the midst of all this, Park’s participation in the game was not without its critics. In the post-match press conference, the question was asked. “We had to make a last-minute substitution,” Klinsmann said. Won Doo-jae was injured and Park Yong-woo was the only player available. I knew what happened before the call-up, but I saw his attitude on and off the field as positive. He played a silent role on the field and looked like he had been with us for a long time. I’m satisfied,” he explained.토토사이트
To the question of whether he was given a pass because of his positive behavior on the field, he said, “Everyone makes mistakes, especially young players. When they make mistakes, they can learn from their managers, coaches, and other people around them. It is the role of a leader to advise them when they make mistakes and help them grow.” “As a coach, you can’t decide everything yourself. I make mistakes too. I still do. It’s my job to help them grow in a good way, not only as players but as human beings.” It was a “model answer” that acknowledged Park’s mistake in a situation that could easily be misunderstood, but at the same time covered it up and made the fans understand.