From Tottenham seniors and juniors to Korean coach and captain… Klinsmann and Son Heung-min’s ‘connection’
‘German football legend’ Jurgen Klinsmann (59) has been appointed as the new coach of the Korean national football team, and his relationship with Korean football ace Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) is being re-examined.
New coach Klinsman and Son Heung-min, who have been working together as the national team commander and key striker since the A-match friendly in March, have previously shared the keyword Tottenham Hotspur.메이저사이트
Coach Klinsmann, a former striker for the German national team, had short and bold performances at Tottenham from 1994 to 1995 after going through Stuttgart, Inter Milan and Monaco. After scoring 20 goals in 41 Premier League games in the 1994-1995 season, he rejoined Sampdoria on loan for the 1997-1998 season and left a strong impression on Tottenham fans by scoring 9 goals in 15 games.
‘Klinsmann’, who built his ‘Wolcle’ career with Stuttgart and Bayern Munich in Germany, was a name that always followed Son Heung-min, who grew up in the German Bundesliga. When the 20-year-old goal record was receiving attention from the media, it was coach Klinsman who was pointed out as one of the players Son Heung-min should overcome.
Son Heung-min moved from Leverkusen to Tottenham in 2015 and has been playing a key role in his 8th year.
Son Heung-min scored a total of 23 goals in the 2021-2022 season and became the first Asian Premier League scorer, becoming the fifth player in Tottenham history to score more than 20 goals in a single season. Klinsman is on the Tottenham top 20 list along with Teddy Sheringham, Gareth Bale and Harry Kane.
In February 2014, when coach Klinsman was coach of the US national team, he faced the Korean national team in a friendly match in Los Angeles, USA. However, at that time, Hong Myung-bo made a squad mainly for domestic players, and Son Heung-min, a European player, was absent, and the meeting on the field was not successful.
Coach Klinsman, who worked as a member of the International Football Federation (FIFA) Technical Research Group (TSG) during the 2022 Qatar World Cup, told the ‘BBC’ about Son Heung-min, who went to Uruguay wearing a face mask in the aftermath of an orbital fracture, “showed his presence , It wasn’t the look he showed at Tottenham. But he really tried. There’s only things left to do better in the future,” he said, giving a big resonance to domestic soccer fans.
Meanwhile, coach Klinsman signed a contract with the Korea Football Association for about 3 years and 5 months from March to the 2026 World Cup finals in North and Central America. It is expected that he will make his debut on the 24th of next month in a friendly match against Colombia in Ulsan. Coaches plan to be finalized after discussing with coach Klinsman and the Korea Football Association.
Coach Klinsmann said through the association, “I am very happy and honored to be the head coach of the Korean national soccer team. “I feel honored to be following in the footsteps of great coaches who have directed the Korean national team. I will do my best to create successful results in the upcoming Asian Cup and 2026 World Cup.”
Son Heung-min adds strength to coach Klinsman’s goal challenge.