Exactly 1115 days ago was the last game that Jürgen Klinsmann accompanied from the coaching bench - 1:3 against Mainz 05, as head coach of Hertha BSC. Now the 58-year-old has found a new coaching job. Klinsmann returns at country level and becomes the new national coach of South Korea. This was announced by the association of the Asian country on Monday.
Klinsmann is set to lead South Korea to the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and his contract includes that tournament. According to the South Korean association, the former national coach will take up his duties next week, and Klinsmann will also be relocating to South Korea for his term of office.
South Korea lost to Brazil in the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar (1:4). Immediately afterwards, the Portuguese coach Paulo Bento resigned. Klinsmann is now taking over as successor. "I am very happy and honored to be the head coach of the Korean national soccer team," said the German in the association's statement: "I am honored to follow in the footsteps of great coaches who have led the Korean national team, by coach Guus Hiddink to former coach Paulo Bento.”
It is Klinsmann's third appointment as national coach. From 2004 to 2006 and thus also during the summer fairy tale in his own country, he coached the DFB team, between 2011 and 2016 the US selection. At the end of 2019, the inglorious commitment to Hertha BSC followed, which ended in February 2020 with a spectacular resignation via social media. Most recently, Klinsmann was on a FIFA committee at the World Cup that dealt with analyzing the tournament's playing trends.
Klinsmann will meet with the South Korean squad for the first time in a friendly against Colombia in Ulsan on March 24.