Klinsmann was the savior of German soccer. We need to bring him back.”
There were voices in the German soccer world calling out Jurgen Klinsmann (59), the coach of the Korean national soccer team.
The German Football Association (DFB) chose to part ways with coach Hansi Flick on the 10th (Korean time). “We have sacked manager Flick and his coaching staff,” the DFB said on its official website. “We have decided that a new impetus is needed for the men’s national team after recent disappointing results. We have decided that Euro 2024 will be held in Germany. “This is a situation that requires confidence,” he announced.
The shock loss against Japan was fatal. Germany collapsed 1-3 in a friendly match against Japan held at home on the 10th. Although it was a simple international match, Germany showed great pride by performing well in front of their home fans.
It was a déjà vu from last year’s confrontation. Germany fell victim to the ‘Miracle of Doha’ last year, losing 1-2 to Japan in the group stage of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. As a result, Germany failed to advance to the round of 16, and Japan defeated Spain and advanced to the round of 16 as first place in the group.
This return match, held after about 10 months, followed a similar trend. Germany had a high market share, but Japan took over the substance. Germany was dragged down by conceding two goals in the first half, and suffered self-destruction by conceding two more goals due to defensive mistakes at the end of the second half. Thanks to Leroy Jané’s goal that made it 1-1 in the 18th minute of the first half, they barely avoided defeat.
The shock wave was big. Germany was shocked by the unexpected defeat. The ‘RTL+’ commentator who was broadcasting the game was shocked at the end of the game, saying, “This is a disaster,” and ‘Built’ reported that coach Flick was reaching the end.
Immediately after the game, rumors of Coach Flick’s dismissal arose. ‘German soccer legend’ Lothar Matthaus said, “There are not many people who support Flick anymore,” and “I doubt whether Flick will be able to keep his position as coach.” Director Rudi Voehler also said, “The 1-4 loss is humiliating.” “It would be a good idea to get together for a moment. Let’s spend the night and see what happens,” he said, hinting at discussions on dismissal.
The worries did not last long, and Coach Flick recorded the ignominious record of being the first coach to be dismissed in the history of the German national team. In the past 123 years, there has not been a single person who has resigned as coach of the German national team. Coach Flick achieved the treble at Bayern Munich and rose to the ranks of great generals, but since taking office in 2021, he has left the team with only 12 wins, 7 draws, and 6 losses in 25 games.
Germany will now play its second friendly match against France in September on the 13th. Since Germany has dismissed all of its existing coaching staff, it plans to play the game under an acting system with staff such as Director Völler, Hannes Wolf, and Sandro Wagner at the forefront.
Several candidates are being discussed as Director Flick’s successor. Several names such as Julian Nagelsmann, Oliver Glasner, Völler, Jurgen Klopp, Matthias Sammer, Ralph Hasenhüttl, Zinedine Jinan, Miroslav Klose, etc. appeared in local media predictions such as ‘Bild’.
Surprisingly, Director Klinsmann’s name was among them. He began his career as a coach by taking charge of the German national team in 2004, and led Germany, which was in decline at the time, to third place in the 2006 World Cup. Afterwards, Coach Klinsmann suddenly announced a break and left the team amidst applause.
‘German legend’ Verdi Vogz (77) strongly recommended coach Klinsmann as coach Flick’s successor. He also has eight years of experience leading the German national team and served as a technical advisor to the U.S. national team from 2011 to 2016, assisting coach Klinsmann.메이저사이트
“The German national team needs someone with experience. If you want to revive German football, you need passion and charisma. Both Klinsmann and Klopp have it,” said Vogts, according to Germany’s Pusvall.
He then raised his voice, saying, “Everyone fondly remembers the fairy tale that happened in the summer of 2006. At that time, Klinsmann was our savior. He brought passion to the U.S. national team as well. That’s exactly what we need now.”
However, it does not seem very likely that Pogtz’s wish will become a reality. This is because Coach Klinsmann has been leading the Korean national team since last March. Of course, he is receiving a lot of criticism due to the five-game winless streak since his appointment, poor performance, and controversy over working from home, but the possibility of him being fired before the Asian Cup held in January next year is virtually close to zero.
Meanwhile, Germany’s ‘Bavarian Football’ expressed the opposite opinion to Vogts. The media divided the 10 candidates for the German national team coach into 4 tiers and placed Coach Klinsmann in 4th tier (what are you thinking?), and without a long explanation, said ‘Nooooooooooooooooo’ and criticized that Coach Klinsmann should be left out of the discussion.