Captain Son Heung-min (32, Tottenham) gave trust to German coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany), who said he had no intention of resigning after failing to advance to the finals in the first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in 64 years.
The Korean national soccer team was eliminated in the semifinals of the Asian Cup against Jordan 0-2 at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayan, Qatar, on the 7th (Korea time).
At 23rd place in the FIFA rankings, the team played a poor game against Jordan (87th), which is 64 notches below the FIFA ranking. The number of shots on goal was zero.
Son Heung-min, who plays in the English Premier League (EPL), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), were considered the strongest ever, but the result was disappointing.
Asked whether he would continue to serve as a coach when talks about his dismissal would come out, Klinsmann said at a press conference after the match, “I have nothing in mind.” Klinsmann said, “I would like to return to Korea with the team to analyze the upcoming tournament and discuss what was good and bad with the Korea Football Association. The team should further develop with the goal of the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North and Central America,” and made it clear that he has no intention of resigning.
Asked if he could perform well in the North-China World Cup under Klinsmann, Son replied, “I think I should think about whether I can play for the national team in the future.” He added, “Because the coach may not think of me anymore and I don’t know the future.”
Son Heung-min also said, “From the coach’s point of view, I think it’s natural for many people to criticize,” but added, “It’s a pity that the coach is being reprimanded.”
“I think he was under a lot of pressure because he had such a bad view of the coach even before the tournament. He overcame the difficult situation well, and he didn’t show any signs of taking care of the players and didn’t give up until the end. I was very impressed to see that,” he said.
“I’m sure you’ll be able to strengthen your team through this opportunity,” Son said. “You’ve been a member of the national team for about a year, and you’ll analyze more when you return to Korea. I think you’ll build a stronger team.”
Son Heung-min then repeatedly said sorry to the fans. 라바카지노도메인
“It was a tournament where I felt that I was not good enough and that I was not good enough in leading the team,” he said. “I am so sorry to the players that we could not bring the results we wanted despite the sacrifices and dedication of many players. I am so sorry for the fans and the people of the Republic of Korea.”
Son Heung-min said he wants to reprimand him, adding, “The players must be very disappointed and struggling, but I want to tell you that our players did a really good job.”