KFA Fires Head Coach of the National Team Klinsmann Amid Leadership Scandal

The Korea Football Association (KFA) has fired head coach of the national team Jürgen Klinsmann, according to a report from world.kbs, after claims that his lack of leadership caused South Korea to be eliminated from the 2023 AFC Asian Cup and resulted in a fight between the players.

The KFA executive committee made the decision on Friday, one day after recommending Klinsmann’s replacement due to his poor work ethic, lack of tactical preparation, and ineffective team management.

The public, who had supported the national squad in the Asian Cup, was disappointed, and KFA president Chung Mong-gyu, who is believed to have the last word on the subject, apologised.

Chung promised to devise strategies to avert such problems, while acknowledging that the KFA has primary responsibility for the events that have transpired.

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Before Korea’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Thailand in the United States, Canada, and Mexico next month, the Korea Football Association (KFA) has declared that it would start the process of selecting a new head coach.

Despite possessing an all-time competitive squad, Klinsmann faced criticism for his team’s inability to win the Asian Cup when South Korea lost to Jordan two goals to one in the quarterfinals. Klinsmann took over as head coach in late February of last year.

He has also come under fire for taking a vacation in the United States just two days after arriving back from Qatar.

Reports that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Lee Kang-in and Tottenham Hotspur captain Son Heung-min had gotten into a brawl the night before the semifinal game, which ultimately resulted in Son’s finger injury, cast doubt on Klinsmann’s ability to lead.

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