Official | Jürgen Klinsmann appointed South Korea manager

South Korea have announced they have appointed Jürgen Klinsmann as their new manager after Paulo Bento stepped down after the World Cup.

Klinsmann’s contract is five years and will expire after the 2026 World Cup which is to be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2026. His first match in charge will be in Ulsan where they will play Colombia on the 24th March. Klinsmann will live in Korea during his time in charge. 

On his appointment, Klinsmann said: “I am very happy and honored to be the manager of the Korean soccer team. I am well aware that the Korean national team is constantly developing and making results over a long period of time. I am honored to succeed the great managers who have commanded the Korean national team, from coach Gus Hiddink to former coach Paul Bento. We will do our best to achieve successful results in the upcoming Asian Cup and the 2026 World Cup.”

Klinsmann has previously managed Bayern Munich where he failed to win the league as they finished second, two points behind Wolfsburg. At Hertha, he only lasted nine games before stepping down as head coach. At international level, the 58-year-old has managed the US where he led them to the round of 16 at the World Cup in 2014. While with Germany he led them to a third-place finish at the World Cup in 2006 after losing to eventual winners Italy in the semi-finals. 

South Korea reached the round of 16 of the World Cup before losing 4-1 to Brazil. 

GGFN | Jack Meenan 

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