Can Jurgen Klinsmann become Guus Hiddink or Paulo Bento?
Only Klins, a legendary striker in Germany in the past, will lead the Korean national soccer team as Bento’s successor. The Korea Football Association announced on the 27th that “Only Klins will lead the national team until the 2026 World Cup finals in North and Central America.”
Klinsmann has a relationship with Korea. He represented Germany at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and scored two goals against Korea at the 1994 World Cup in the USA.메이저놀이터
His playing career has also been spectacular. He competed in three consecutive European Football Championships from 1988 to 1996. In 1996 he was a key figure in Germany’s victory. He also played for Germany at the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
However, his directorial career has had its ups and downs. Klinsmann, who took charge of the German national team from 2004 to 2006 after retiring from active duty in 1998, finished third at the 2006 World Cup held in his home country.
From 2011, he led the U.S. national team, winning the 2013 Gold Cup and advancing to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, after failing to advance to the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, in 2019, after 77 days of taking the helm of Hertha Berlin, Germany, he had a conflict with the club and resigned as manager.
This is the reason why there are concerns about whether only Clins, who has virtually no achievements as a manager for nine years since 2014, will be able to lead Korea well.
From a positive perspective, a scenario in which only Klins succeeds in making a comeback using Korea as a springboard is possible, like Hiddink and Bento did in the past.
Hiddink, who led the Dutch national team to 4th place in the 1998 World Cup in France, went to world-famous Real Madrid. In the 1998/99 season, Real ran first until the beginning of the season, but their performance declined significantly after the 10th round. When Real fell to 7th place in the middle of the season, Hiddink was sacked for poor performance.
In 2000, he took over as manager of Real Betis, but was sacked with the worst record in Betis, winning only one win in 13 matches.
Hiddink, who was on the decline in his coaching career, was appointed as the Korean coach in 2001, and achieved a great turnaround. He wrote the World Cup semifinal legend that will remain in the history of Korean football, and later wrote a successful coaching career through various places such as PSV Int Hoven, Australia national team, Russian national team, and Chelsea.
Bento, who led the Korean national team to the round of 16 at the Qatar World Cup last year, is also a case of a comeback in Korea.
In charge of the Portuguese national team since 2010, he succeeded in advancing to the semifinals at the 2012 European Football Championship, but was in danger of being eliminated in the European qualifiers ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After the playoffs, they barely made it to the finals, but failed to advance to the round of 16 by finishing third in the group stage.
After working for Cruzeiro in Brazil and Olympiacos in Greece, Bento, who took over as coach Lifan in Chongqing, China in 2017, was sacked during the season after finishing 13th in the league in the 2018 season.
Bento, who was controversial for his stiff player recruitment method by going back and forth between various teams, also succeeded in making a comeback after leading the Korean national team in 2018.
He lost his pride by being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Asian Cup, but after pushing his own tactical philosophy, he achieved the feat of advancing to the round of 16 of the away World Cup for the second time in the history of the national team at the World Cup in Qatar last year.
After upgrading his career in Korea, Bento is carefully choosing a new job in his home country, Portugal. The global sports media’The Athletic’ named Bento as one of the 10 candidates for the next Premier League club’s command tower.
Klinsmann’s mind is no different from Hiddink in 2001 and Bento in 2018. This is because his status as a leader has been considerably damaged as a long period of stagnation followed after his initial success.
For that reason, it is known that the salary has also been agreed with the Korea Football Association at a level that is not much different from that of former coach Bento.
A foreign director trying to write another comeback story in Korea is standing at the starting line.