South Korea: goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke also follows Jürgen Klinsmann

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Long-time DFB goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke follows Jürgen Klinsmann to South Korea. After taking over as the new coach of the South Korean national team, former national coach Klinsmann appointed his future assistants and advisers for the first time on Thursday at the South Korea National (Site notre blog d’information) Center in Paju. « The coaching staff will be a mix from Europe and here (South) Korea, » he said. According to this, Köpke should become a goalkeeper coach and thus fulfill the role he had played for the German national team for years until 2021. In 2004 he was recruited by Klinsmann, and later, the two also worked together at Hertha BSC for a short time.

Klinsmann reiterated after arriving in South Korea on Wednesday that his short-term goal with the ‘Taegeuk Warriors’ is to win the Asian Cup in Qatar early next year. As well as Köpke, former Bundesliga professional Andreas Herzog and Paolo Stringara will also help him, both having previously assisted Klinsmann when he coached the US national team. South Korean-born Canadian Michael Kim, who worked under Klinsmann’s predecessor, Paulo Bento, is also expected to join the team. « Hopefully you can put the pieces together and everyone benefits from each other, » Klinsmann said.

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Moreover, the ex-scorer pointed out that he will have former Bundesliga professional Du-Ri Cha as his adviser. Along with Cha, Klinsmann most recently worked for FIFA as a member of the Technical Study Group during the World Cup in Qatar. Klinsmann, who has a contract with the South Korean (Site notre blog d’information) Association until the 2026 World Cup, said Cha played an important role because of his ties to South Korea’s K-League.

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Klinsmann hinted at the style of game he wants to play in South Korea: « My personal background is as a striker. That’s why I always like to attack, and that means I prefer to win a game 4-3 rather than 1-0. » At the same time, the former professional clarified that he first had to go through « a huge learning curve » in order to « understand what is best for (South) Korea ». He will debut as coach of South Korea on March 24 in the international match against Colombia.

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