Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany)바카라사이트 national soccer team coach visited the K-League site. It has been a whopping three months since last June. However, it is unclear whether this move will be the first step toward expecting a ‘changed appearance’ from Director Klinsmann. Since returning to Korea was not an arbitrary decision in the first place, it is natural that doubts remain about the authenticity of the reason for visiting the K-League site.

Coach Klinsmann, who returned to Korea on the 14th after completing an away friendly in Europe, visited Jeonju World Cup Stadium (Jeonbuk-Gangwon) on the 16th and Seoul World Cup Stadium (Seoul-Gwangju) on the 17th to watch K-League games two days in a row. This is the K-League site that I visited three months after watching the super match between Suwon and Seoul held at Suwon World Cup Stadium on June 24th.

Of course, it has always been a hot topic for the national team coach to visit the K-League site. It was always an issue in itself when the national team coaches, including former coach Paulo Bento (Portugal), watched a game at a K-League stadium. However, the reason why former coaches’ visits to K-League sites became a hot topic was strictly focused on ‘which players came to see.’ Like Coach Klinsmann, no coach has become a hot topic just because the national team’s head coach visited the K-League site. It’s a bitter reality.

This is because Coach Klinsmann has been embroiled in the so-called stay-at-home/excursion controversy, and has put the K-League on the back burner in this process. Director Klinsmann, who had promised to reside in Korea at the time of his inauguration, spent most of his time abroad, such as at home in the United States or in Europe. He stayed in the country for only about 70 days for half a year.

The K-League has also been running tirelessly since coach Klinsmann took office, but it is difficult to understand that the national team coach visited the field after only three months. In the meantime, Coach Cha Du-ri (former technical advisor) and former coach Michael Kim visited the K-League site. Meanwhile, Coach Klinsmann was busy commenting on the European soccer transfer market and players at his home in the United States. This was the reason why the controversy over staying at home and traveling abroad spread into a controversy over negligence.

However, it is difficult to expect that watching the K-League on-site will lead to changes in Coach Klinsmann. If you look back on the process of returning to Korea in the first place, the prevailing view is that watching the K-League this time is just a ‘show-off’ move. In fact, Director Klinsmann had no plans to return to Korea in September. Despite the strong public criticism directed at him, he did not return home after completing the European away international match, but planned to stay in Europe and watch games against Kim Min-jae’s team, Bayern Munich. In Coach Klinsmann’s original September plan, there was no watching the K-League game ‘this time either.’ 

The sudden decision to go to Korea was simply at the request of the Korea Football Association (KFA). Coach Klinsmann smiled and said, “I came because you guys asked me to come,” during the interview on his return to Korea, and then explained, “KFA told me that many reporters would be waiting for the national team when they return from their overseas trip, and I asked if it would be possible to return home with the players and interview them.” Since even this return to Korea was not an arbitrary decision but at the request of KFA, the sincerity of his visit to the K-League site over the weekend is also bound to be questioned.

There is only one way to resolve the controversy: to continue to visit K-League sites and show changes. The problem is that it is difficult to expect even this at present. Already in his interview upon returning home, Coach Klinsmann said, “There are still schedules to go back and forth (overseas), and games to observe in Europe.” He left open the possibility of leaving the country again in the near future.

Coach Klinsmann has been at the center of controversy for his attitude that seems to disdain staying in Korea and watching the K-League in person. Yet there is not a single word of promise from him to change his behavior, and he rather emphasizes that he “please stop creating negative public opinion.” If you expect a turnaround in public opinion by only watching two K-League games in three months, it is a ‘vain hope’. Fan sentiment cannot be cold without any reason. 

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