Can the ‘Klinsmann ship’ reverse the negative publicity generated by the coach’s frequent trips abroad? For now, the team is slowly regaining fan support with three consecutive clean sheets.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s (GER) men’s national team beat Tunisia 4-0 in a friendly at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. It was the first back-to-back wins under Klinsmann and the first home win for the team.
Most importantly, it was the third consecutive clean sheet. In their first four matches, Klinsmann’s team conceded against Colombia (2-2 draw), Uruguay (1-2 loss), Peru (0-1 loss), and El Salvador (1-1 draw). While the conceding process was poor, and the team looked shaky against Peru and El Salvador, who were perceived to have less firepower, the team has since settled into a defensive groove, keeping clean sheets against Wales (0-0 draw), Saudi Arabia (1-0 win), and Tunisia in their two September A matches. Center back Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), who wore the captain’s armband against Tunisia, said: “The coach emphasizes pressing from the front and counter-pressing immediately after losing the ball. Both the players and the coaching staff are working hard to play good defense.”먹튀검증
The new faces in Klinsmann’s squad are also working well with Kim Min-jae. One of them, Jung Seung-hyun (Ulsan Hyundai), was not promoted under former coach Paulo Bento (Portugal), but recently partnered with Kim Min-jae at center back for three consecutive clean sheets. Right-back Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), a gold medalist at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, has also cemented his place in the national team, starting four consecutive matches since making his A-Match debut against El Salvador in June.
Klinsmann’s squad is set to face Vietnam (Oct. 17 at Suwon World Cup Stadium) in the final game of a two-game A Match series. A repeat of the performance against Tunisia will help the team’s prospects for next month’s matches against Singapore (home) and China (away), as well as the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2026 North American Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup next January.