On September 5, 2014, Korean soccer, which tasted bitter taste at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, left the baton of the national team to Coach Uli Stielike (Germany).꽁머니사이트
Under Coach Stielike, the national team continued its so-called “backward victory” at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup held in Australia in 2015. There was nothing to say as a tactic, but it won anyway with the skills of Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), and Cha Du-ri, the current national team coach. The word “swamp soccer” created at this time was called the epitome of Stielike soccer, which is that even though we are not good at it, we make the opposing team worse and eventually make the victory cry.
Stielike said in clear Korean, “The Korean people, our players can be proud enough,” after losing 1-2 to Australia in the final round of the Asian Cup. We were all deceived by the coach’s remarks and the result of the Asian Cup runner-up. The coach soon began to drift apart, showing his bottom line, and the team’s final qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was creaked.
Coach Stielike, who believes in the players because of repeated losses, said, “I lost because there were no strikers like Sebastian Soria (Iran),” and Korean soccer had to go through a long dark period before producing Kazan’s miracle of beating Germany 2-0 in the third Group F match of the Russia World Cup.
Nine years later, at the Qatar Asian Cup, South Korea came up with new words such as “do it football” and “zombie football.” The words were different, but they were similar in that they didn’t see any strategies, and coincidentally, the head coach was Jurgen Klinsmann from Germany, like Stielike.
The Klinsman team set the goal of this Asian Cup, winning its third championship (1956, 1960) in 64 years since the 1960 tournament. Overseas media did not hesitate to pick South Korea as a strong candidate for the championship, perhaps thanks to the team’s all-time super-luxury members such as Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC).
However, despite such poor performance, Korea, which is ranked 23rd in FIFA rankings, struggled from the start of Group E. The team garnered a 3-1 victory over Bahrain (86th) in the first match, but the result was largely attributable to Lee’s personal skills and performance as he scored multiple goals. The team also had poor matches with Jordan (87th) and Malaysia (130th) to secure 2-2 and 3-3 draws, respectively.
The main reason for the national team’s sluggishness was the unfaithful attitude and incompetence of coach Klinsmann, who has already been at the center of much criticism and criticism due to the controversy over negligence of work, including telecommuting and various side jobs, since he took the helm of South Korea early last year. Just over a year ago, no Korean soccer has fought equally against the world’s soccer powerhouses such as Uruguay and Portugal under the leadership of Paulo Bento (Portugal) at the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup. He has never been able to overwhelm the opposition team and showed “Do Me Soccer,” which relies on the players’ capabilities rather than the coach’s tactics.
Is it a good thing? From the start of the tournament, the goddess of luck seemed to smile at coach Klinsmann. Abdullah Radif scored the first goal in the second half of the round of 16 when he met Saudi Arabia (56th) in the first minute of the second half, but Cho Kyu-sung (FC Mitwillan) equalized goal in the extra time of the second half to avoid defeat, and managed to secure a ticket to the quarterfinals after a penalty shootout (4-2). In the quarterfinals against Australia (25th) in the first half, Craig Goodwin scored the first goal in the 42nd minute of the first half, but thanks to consecutive goals from Hwang Hee-chan and Son Heung-min in the second half and the 12th minute of extra time, they managed to make it 2-1 win.
Manager Klinsmann, who won the title of “Zombie Football” and the title of “運將,” was not on his side anymore. In the semifinal match against Jordan at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al-Reyan on Thursday (Korea time), Klinsmann showed his naked face. After being overwhelmed by Jordan from the beginning of the first half, he lost to Yazan Al-Naimat and Moussa Al-Tamari in succession in the 9th minute of the second half and 21st minute of the second half, respectively, and had to receive a bitter 0-2 defeat report card.
Not only the result but also the content was the worst. Korea was crushed by Jordan in terms of the number of shootings (7-17) and the number of shootings on target (0-7). Had it not been for Cho Hyun-woo’s solid defense, the team would have given up a massive number of lost points. Having never lost to Jordan since their first showdown in 2004, Korea knelt down after just seven showdowns and left Qatar forlornly without a trophy.
Despite the circumstances, there was no seriousness to coach Klinsmann until the end. While all the national team players, led by ace Son Heung-min, shed tears of regret, he did not lose his unique smile as the person responsible for the disaster. His bold ambition to deliver the results before the event led to his de facto refusal to voluntarily resign.
As such, the 2015 Asian Cup and this year’s event have several things in common. The only difference is that the words have changed from “swamp soccer” to “do it soccer” and “zombie soccer.” Korean soccer has clearly identified the limitations of Coach Klinsmann in Qatar.
There is a Western adage that history flows constantly but repeats itself. It contains a warning that the previous mistake should not be repeated again, and the current Korean soccer should be fully listened to. Attention is focusing on how Korean soccer, which has regressed to the past, will take a step forward, leaving behind the glory of advancing to the round of 16 at the Qatar World Cup.