The Korea Football Association announced on the 27th that Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany), who led the German national soccer team and played an active role as a world-class star striker, has been appointed as the manager of the Korean national soccer team. From March to the 2026 World Cup finals in North and Central America, he will serve as the command tower for about 3 years and 5 months. It is the ninth foreign coach ever, and the second from Germany after Uli Stielike, who took the baton from 2014 to 2017.
The salary was not disclosed by agreement between the parties. However, it is known that it will be at the level of former coach Paulo Bento (approximately 1.8 billion won). Head coach Klinsman plans to stay in Korea for the rest of his tenure, and plans to confirm a coaching staff to assist him soon. At the time of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Cha Doo-ri, head of the FC Seoul Youth Enhancement Office, who worked together in the FIFA Technical Research Group (TSG), is also expected to join.
Head coach Klinsman, who will begin his full-fledged activities from March, will make his debut match against Colombia on March 24 at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.
After the appointment of the Korean national football team coach was confirmed, coach Klinsmann sent a greeting to the Korea Football Association, saying, “I am very happy and honored to be the manager of the Korean national soccer team. I am well aware that the Korean national team has been constantly developing and producing results over a long period of time. “I feel honored to be following in the footsteps of great coaches who have directed the Korean national team from Guus Hiddink to former coach Paulo Bento. I will do my best to achieve successful results in the upcoming Asian Cup and 2026 World Cup.” said his feelings.
Coach Klinsmann was a world-class striker representing Germany as a player. He participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and consecutively competed in the European Championships (Euro) in 1988, 1992 and 1996. From the 1990 Italian tournament to the 1998 French tournament, he went to the finals of the World Cup three times in a row. 토토사이트
In particular, he played a key role in helping Germany win the World Cup in Italy and Euro 1996. In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, he scored two goals against the Korean national team.
As a professional, he played for Stuttgart, Bayern Munich (above Germany), Inter Milan, Sampdoria (above Italy), Monaco (France), and Tottenham (England), scoring 284 goals in 620 matches.
After retiring in 1998, he worked as a coach. He coached the German national team from 2004 to 2006 and finished third at the 2006 World Cup held in his country. From 2011 to 2016, he coached the U.S. national team, winning the 2013 North and Central America Gold Cup and advancing to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.