Juergen Klinsmann has been named the next Head Coach for South Korea.
Klinsmann is an experienced coach who has had success with a number of national teams.
Jürgen Klinsmann had a highly successful 14-year career as the head coach of the German men’s national soccer team. His coaching career with the team began in 2004 and ended in 2016, during which time he was in charge of three major international tournaments. In the 2004 European Championship finals, the German squad reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Greece. At the 2006 World Cup, the team advanced all the way to the semi-finals, but were defeated 1–0 by Italy. Two years later, at the 2008 European Championship, the team once again made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated after losing 3–2 to eventual winners Spain.
When during his tenure with the German squad, Klinsmann was renowned for introducing new training and conditioning regimens that pushed players to the limits and brought about a more modern approach to the game. He also significantly changed the team’s mindset and playing style, introducing a more attacking and possession-based brand of soccer. This transformation brought back the exuberance, excitement, and passion onto the pitch, and the team won over the hearts of German supporters, who dubbed them “Klinsmann’s Boys.”
In 2014, Klinsmann was appointed head coach of the US men’s national soccer team. He would ultimately lead the USMNT to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America and reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated in the round of 16. Throughout his tenure with the USMNT, Klinsmann sought to develop the technical and tactical capabilities of the American players, and notably introduced a core group made up exclusively of players from Major League Soccer. He also focused on expansion of scouting networks and youth programs as part of a long-term strategy aimed at recruiting and developing young players from diverse backgrounds.
In 2019, Klinsmann ended his involvement with the USMNT in order to become the head coach at Hertha BSC, though he left Hertha after only 11 games due to the team’s poor performance.
This could be a good coach for the South Korean national team. Ultimately it will depend on his ability to motivate and organize the players, as well as his tactical approach to the game.