Jurgen Klinsmann is the new coach of the South Korea national football team. The National Football Association announced on Monday in Seoul that the German national team’s contract runs until the 2026 World Cup finals in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Klinsmann, 58, succeeds Portuguese Paulo Bento, who resigned after the round of sixteen in the World Cup in Qatar.
For Klinsmann, this is the third job as a national coach. From summer 2004 to summer 2006 he took care of the German national team. He was also the coach of the DFB team in the home World Cup for nearly 17 years. From July 2011 to November 2016 he was the former USA international coach. At club level, Klinsmann last worked until February 2020 as coach of German Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin. The connection with the Berliners lasted less than three months.
“I know that the South Korean national team is improving, improving and achieving results for a long time. I will do my best to help the team celebrate success in the next Asian Cup and the 2026 World Cup.” The first match under his belt will be a friendly against Colombia on March 24th.
Debut against Colombia
According to the federation, Klinsmann will live in South Korea, and his coaching staff has not yet been completed. As part of his team manager’s activities in the United States, Andreas Herzog was Swabian’s assistant.
And South Korea had reached the round of 16 in the World Cup in Qatar, when it was the last stop against Brazil, the record world champion. Pinto then announced his departure. After their international opener against Colombia, Klinsmann and his new team will face Uruguay on March 28 in Seoul. After that, South Korea will participate in the Asian Cup from June 16 to July 16. The tournament will be held in Qatar, which hosts the World Cup and the defending champions.
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