‘First win in six games,’ Klinsmann says hardball fading away

Jürgen Klinsmann has earned his first win as head coach of the South Korean national soccer team, but doubts remain.

Klinsmann’s men’s national team held off a 32nd-minute header from Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan) to win 1-0 in a friendly against Saudi Arabia at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, on Wednesday morning (ET).

After going five games without a win (three draws and two defeats) since Klinsmann’s appointment in February, the Koreans finally registered their first win in six matches with the one-goal victory over the Saudis.

Klinsmann, who made a name for himself as a world-class striker during his playing days, first raised eyebrows when he took the helm of the South Korean national team in February. However, since his appointment, he has come under fire for his inexplicable behavior.

In particular, his frequent travels have led to controversy over his attendance and behavior. In fact, despite his promise to “stay at home,” Klinsmann has spent only 67 days in South Korea since his appointment in February.

After the game against Wales, he asked for an opponent’s jersey, which is an incomprehensible behavior for a coach.

As the national team continued to perform poorly, going winless in five consecutive A matches, criticism began to mount.

Initially, Klinsmann, who led the national team on a two-match tour of Europe, planned to stay in Europe to check on the European players before returning home, but he abruptly withdrew the plan.

In fact, Klinsmann was scheduled to watch Kim Min-jae’s team, Bayern Munich, play Leverkusen on the 16th, but after a coaching staff meeting, he decided to return home on the 14th. It seems that he was conscious of the criticism he received for spending more time abroad instead of staying in Korea.

The victory over Saudi Arabia put out the fire, but there is still a long way to go. It was pointed out that Klinsmann’s color scheme is still unclear, and against Wales, he struggled with playing players in positions that didn’t match their clothing.

On top of that, Klinsmann’s promise of an attacking style of soccer – “I’d rather win 4-3 than 1-0” – hasn’t been realized in his first six games.

In fact, Klinsmann has been a poor scorer since his arrival, with five goals in six games. That’s an average of less than one goal per game. Instead, it was a solid defense led by Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) that got them their first win.안전놀이터

The fire has been extinguished, but if Klinsmann’s side fail to pick up a cool victory in October’s home trials against Tunisia and Vietnam, public opinion will likely deteriorate again.

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