Wales on the 8th, Saudi Arabia on the 13th
The first foreign leader to be without approval for 4 games since taking office…
A quick win is needed to turn public opinion around,
dispelling concerns about injuries to Hwang Hee-chan and Cho Kyu-seong…
Hat-trick Son Heung-min joins
The opportunity for Korean national soccer team coach Jürgen Klinsmann,
who has not won in four games since taking office
to shake off negative public opinion and give domestic fans the joy of a ‘major victory’ is just three days away. 카지노사이트
The Korean national soccer team, led by Coach Klinsmann,
will face Wales at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales, England, at 3:45 a.m. on the 8th, Korean time.
The match against Wales is the first game of the Taegeuk Warriors’ two-game international trip to Europe in September.
The national team will face Saudi Arabia at St. James Park in Newcastle, England, at 1:30 a.m. on the 13th, Korean time.
It has been 5 years and 6 months since the Korean national soccer team went on a European expedition to Northern Ireland and Poland in March 2018 under coach Shin Tae-yong.
Of course, the reason this game is attracting attention is not only because of the rare European trip.
The two consecutive international matches in September,
including the match against Wales and the match against Saudi Arabia, are contextually intertwined with the ‘head coach issue.’
The head coach of a team would naturally want to win, but Coach Klinsmann in particular needs a good win against Wales for ‘many reasons’ beyond general theory.
Coach Klinsmann is the first foreign coach of the Korean national soccer team to fail to win four games (2 draws, 2 losses) since taking office.
They drew 2-2 with Colombia and lost 1-2 to Uruguay.
In June, they lost 0-1 to Peru and drew 1-1 with El Salvador.
Despite being viewed with suspicion due to his failure to prove his leadership through results, Coach Klinsmann even brought on the ‘telecommuting controversy’.
Contrary to his statement at the time of his appointment that he would reside in the country,
some even criticized whether he was taking the position of national team coach lightly by spending most of his time overseas.
Director Klinsmann explained to the media that he works hard through ‘remote work’ and that he only has work to do while abroad.
However, since the activities that are confirmed in real time are closer to ‘side jobs’ such as appearances on overseas broadcasts,
the glare from fans becomes increasingly harsh.
To quell negative public opinion, the best way to do so is to beat Wales.
It is best for Coach Klinsmann to have a picture that proves
through official matches that he has faithfully fulfilled his duties as head coach.
Coach Klinsmann’s ‘foreign overseas problem’ soon led to controversy over preferential treatment for overseas players and poor treatment in the K-League.
Criticism continued when injured European players such as Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton),
Cho Gyu-seong (Midtjylland), and Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic) were listed on the September A-match call-up list.
Because they did not stay in the country, they were unable to discover new players in the K-League,
the suspicious gaze that they were dependent on the overseas players they used regularly was also stinging.
Coach Klinsmann emphasized that as a result of close communication with their teams, he judged that there was no problem with their selection.
Fortunately, Director Klinsmann’s judgment was correct in this part.
Hwang Hee-chan, who injured the back of his thigh,
a chronic injury, at the end of last month, dispelled concerns by scoring a goal within a week.
Hwang Hee-chan came on as a substitute in the 15th minute of the second half of the away game against Crystal Palace on the 3rd,
hit the net with a header in 5 minutes, showing off his perfect condition from injury.
Cho Gyu-seong, who moved to Denmark this summer and is active,
was replaced after appearing limping during a league game on the 21st of last month, but played full-time in his return game after 10 days,
played 86 minutes against Aarhus on the 4th, even recording an attack point.
After advancing to the Danish stage, Cho Kyu-sung is showing his best performance ahead of the two-game A-match in September,
scoring three goals in the regular league and one goal in the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) preliminaries.
Oh Hyun-gyu, who injured his calf in the last game of the pre-season,
was diagnosed with a ‘up to 6-week diagnosis’ and his prospects for international matches seemed to be bleak, but he returned to the field through a rivalry game with Rangers on the 3rd.
The strong performance of the European teams at the beginning of the new season gives Coach Klinsmann strength.
Son Heung-min, the national team captain and coach Klinsmann’s ‘reliable man’,
was appointed captain of Tottenham (England) and showed off his firepower by scoring a hat trick against Burnley on the 2nd.
Attacking midfielder Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), who plays in the Belgian league, also scored two goals in the match against Club Brugge on the 3rd.
These players are expected to have no problems managing their condition as they can join the national team with a relatively short travel distance.
Wales is ranked 35th in the FIFA rankings, which is lower than Korea,
which is ranked 28th, but many key players such as Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff City) and Ben Davis (Tottenham) are playing.
Wales is also expected to give their best as the game is being played at home and they are in a position to shake off their recent slump.
Wales lost 2-4 to Armenia and 0-2 to Turkye in the European Football Championship qualifiers last June.