Korean national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is receiving a lot of attention due to the ‘uniform request’ issue.
The German version of ‘Sky Sports’ reported on the 15th (Korean time), “Coach Klinsmann is criticized in Korea because of ‘uniform gate.’” The ‘uniform gate’ described by this media occurred on the 8th.
Korea and Wales played a friendly A match at Cardiff City Stadium in England. The result was a 0-0 draw. Korea played poorly, with only one effective shot in 90 minutes. Coach Klinsmann had no wins, with 3 draws and 2 losses in his first 5 games in office, including this match.
When the final whistle sounded, Coach Klinsmann entered the ground and spoke to Wales captain Aaron Ramsey. “I’m giving it to my son, but can you give me one of your uniforms?” Coach Klinsmann asked the opposing team’s captain Ramsey to give him a uniform.
For reference, Ramsey is a veteran midfielder who has played for Arsenal in the English Premier League (EPL), Juventus in the Italian Serie A, and Nice in the French Ligue 1, and is playing for Cardiff City starting this season. He is the best star of the Wales national team and wears number 10.
The request for uniforms was words and actions inappropriate to the time and place. There are many cases where players exchange uniforms during friendly matches, but it is not common for a coach to request a uniform from an opposing player. If you want to get a uniform, you can ask for it in the hallway leading to the locker room.
However, when Coach Klinsmann asked Ramsey for his uniform on the field with spectators watching and broadcast cameras everywhere, he was harshly criticized.
Coach Klinsmann, who returned to Incheon International Airport on the 14th, responded to a reporter’s question by saying, “Actually, I had no idea it would become such a big issue,” and added, “After the media reports came out, my son was criticized on social media. It’s sad and unfortunate. “The physical therapist at my son’s team (LA Galaxy) asked for a Ramsey uniform, so I got it instead,” he said.
Coach Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan Klinsmann, is currently playing as a goalkeeper for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer (MLS). LA Galaxy’s Welsh physiotherapist asked Jonathan Klinsmann to act as ‘Dad Chance’ on his behalf.스포츠토토
‘Sky Sports’ also reported this quote from Coach Klinsmann. “Coach Klinsmann received bitter criticism on his way home to Korea even after his first win against Saudi Arabia. He asked for a Ramsey uniform as an excuse to give it to his son’s acquaintance, and he said, ‘I’m sad that my son got a lot of criticism on social media.'”
Another issue was also reported. The media said, “Coach Klinsmann initially planned to remain in Europe and watch Kim Min-jae’s Bayern Munich game. However, he went to Korea after hearing from the Korea Football Association (KFA) that ‘the coach must return to Korea with the players,’” he said, mentioning the controversy over staying at home and going abroad.