‘TEAM KLEINSMAN’ has found its ‘supermatch’.
FC Seoul defeated Suwon Samseong 1-0 in the 19th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 4:30 p.m. on April 24. With the win, Seoul (32 points) jumped to second place after a three-match winless streak, while Suwon (9 points) remained in last place with six games without a win.
With the resumption of K League action after the conclusion of the A-Match, the ‘Super Match’ kicked off. The winner was Seoul. In the last minute of the game, Willian rattled the net with a calm charge inside the box and a powerful shot. Suwon was disappointed not to bring home the Super Match.
Meanwhile, the Big Bird had a special guest that day. Jürgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the South Korean national soccer team. He was accompanied by technical advisor Chaduri and coach Michael Kim to watch the intense Super Match.
Klinsmann has played four matches since his appointment, but has yet to win. He’s faced Colombia (2-2 draw), Uruguay (0-1 loss), Peru (0-1 loss), and El Salvador (1-1 draw). This is certainly disappointing considering that both the March and June A matches were played at home.
TEAM Klinsmann even held an unusual press conference on the 22nd. He met with the media and answered a variety of questions, including his impressions of the team so far since his appointment, the complementarities between the coaches, the kind of football Klinsmann wants to play, and the color of his tactics.
There were also questions from the K League. Ahn Hyun-beom (Jeju), Kim Joo-sung (FC Seoul), Moon Sun-min (Jeonbuk), Seol Young-woo, Won Doo-jae, and Park Yong-woo (Ulsan) were among the new recruits, but the public opinion was that Klinsmann, 메이저사이트 as well as the coaching staff based in Europe, did not appear on the field often enough.
“Of course, I haven’t seen every game since I took over,” Klinsmann said. But I tried to see each team at least once. In Korea, Advisor Chaduri and Coach Michael Kim are actively traveling and communicating with me.”
“I understand the fans’ concerns. They want to see us on the field every week, and they want to see us watching. But I’ve seen enough games and we had five debuts in the last game. These things are never planned,” he said, explaining that they are the result of observation.
TEAM Klinsmann went to the SuperMatch immediately after the A-Match to observe the players. Some of the most prominent players on the team include Lee Ki-je, Na Sang-ho, and Hwang Eui-jo. Coach Klinsmann will continue to travel around the K League to find players who fit his taste.