Asia Cup: After being eliminated in the semi-finals, Klinsmann has to worry about his job

Football South Korea at the Asian Cup

After the loss against Jordan, Klinsmann has to worry about his job

Status: 06.02.2024 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Even before the Asian Cup, there was criticism of Jürgen Klinsmann in South Korea. It shouldn’t get any quieter


South Korea celebrates late victories in the round of 16 and quarter-finals. Klinsmann’s team failed to make a comeback against Jordan. The team is disappointing across the board. The criticism from Klinsmann onwards will become even louder after the disappointment.

Former national soccer coach Jürgen Klinsmann surprisingly failed with South Korea in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup. The World Cup round of 16 deservedly lost 0-2 (0-0) at the finals in Qatar after a weak performance against outsiders Jordan. South Korea will therefore have to wait for its third title at the continental championship. Jordan, on the other hand, is in the final of the Asian Cup for the first time and will face hosts Qatar or Iran on Saturday, who will face each other in the second semi-final.

Yazan Al-Naimat (53rd) and Musa Suleiman (66th) scored the goals for Jordan in Al-Rayyan. The South Koreans, who were lucky to advance on penalties in the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia and in extra time in the quarter-finals against Australia, were sorely missing FC Bayern defender Minjae Kim, who was suspended for yellow. But little came together in the attack around superstar Heung-Min Son.

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This means that Klinsmann will likely continue to have a difficult time in South Korea. Even before the tournament, the 1990 world champion had been criticized after failing to win any of his first five games with the Taegeuk Warriors. The fact that he spends more time abroad than in South Korea was also not welcomed – similar to his time as national coach.

“The coach is always responsible for how a tournament goes for a team. The goal was the final. We didn’t manage that. We didn’t take advantage of our chances,” said Klinsmann.

South Korea won only one of five games after 90 minutes

The result at the Asian Cup was also modest. South Korea only won one of five games in regular time. There was only a win against Bahrain (3:1). In the preliminary round, the Klinsmann team only played draws against Jordan (2:2) and Malaysia (3:3) and saved themselves into the round of 16 with five points from three games.

Late goals in particular saved the team from an early exit. There was no late comeback against Jordan; the team performed too weakly.


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