Jurgen Klinsmann, a German World Cup winner and former USMNT coach, has been named the new head coach of South Korea’s men’s national football team, the Korea Football Association (KFA) announced. The 58-year-old is tasked with preserving South Korea’s Asian dominance and guiding the country to the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Get the latest soccer predictions here!
“I am very happy and honored to be the head coach of South Korea’s national football team,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “I know well that the Korean national team has been, over a long period of time, constantly improving and producing results.” Klinsmann replaces Portuguese coach Paulo Bento, who guided South Korea in the most recent World Cup. Continue reading at Onlinebetnow.
Klinsmann won the World Cup as a player in 1990 and as a coach in 2006, leading Germany to the semi-finals. He also coached the United States Men’s National Team before being fired in 2016 after a slow start to the final round of regional qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. His most recent coaching position was with Hertha Berlin in 2020, where he lasted 10 weeks in the German Bundesliga.
Last year, South Korea stunned already-qualified Portugal 2-1 to advance in the knockout phase of the 2022 World Cup, with talisman Son Heung-min setting up a winning goal for substitute Hwang Hee-chan in the dying moments of the final group stage match. With the win, South Korea became the second Asian team to make it to this year’s World Cup knockouts, alongside Japan.
After guiding South Korea up until the last-16 of the 2022 World Cup, Paulo Bento stepped down as their head coach following the 4-1 defeat against Brazil that knocked them out of the tournament. The former Portugal boss left the side after four years at the helm. “Now I need to think about the future, but I will not be with the Korea team,” the 53-year-old said.
The first game South Korea will play under Klinsmann will be an exhibition match against Colombia on March 24. In addition, he will compete for South Korea in the next Asian Cup in Qatar in January. The previous time South Korea claimed the title on the continent was in 1960. Since Uli Stielike in 2014–17, Klinsmann is the second German head coach in South Korea’s history.
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