Can ‘Klinsmann’ turn around the cold public opinion created by the head coach’s frequent outings? First of all, they are gradually regaining support from fans by not conceding a goal in three consecutive games.
The national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany), won 4-0 in a friendly match against Tunisia held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th. It was significant as it was the first consecutive win since Klinsmann was launched and the first home win.
Above all, it is encouraging that they achieved no goals in three consecutive games. In the first four games since its launch, Klinsmann conceded all goals against Colombia (2-2 draw), Uruguay (1-2 loss), Peru (0-1 loss), and El Salvador (1-1 draw). The scoring process was not good, and Peru and El Salvador, which were considered weak in firepower, also showed signs of instability. However, following Wales (0-0 draw) and Saudi Arabia (1-0 win) in two consecutive international matches in September, the team also recorded a clean sheet against Tunisia, showing signs of stability in defense. Center back Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), who wore the captain’s armband in the match against Tunisia, said, “The coach emphasizes pressure from the front and counter-pressure immediately after the ball is lost. “Both the players and coaching staff are working hard to play good defense,” he said.
It is also noteworthy that the new faces of Klinsmannho have good chemistry with Minjae Kim. Among them, Seung-Hyeon Jeong (Ulsan Hyundai) was not given much attention under former coach Paulo Bento (Portugal), but recently, as Kim Min-Jae’s center back partner, he kept scoreless in three consecutive games. Right fullback Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), a key player in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games gold medal, is also solidifying his position in the national team, starting in four consecutive games, starting with his A match debut against El Salvador in June.
Klinsmann is about to play against Vietnam (17th, Suwon World Cup Stadium), the last game of the two-game international match in October. If they continue their performance against Tunisia against Vietnam, the prospects for the 2026 North and Central America World Cup Asia 2nd qualifier next month against Singapore (home) and China (away) as well as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in January next year are expected to brighten. 토토랭크