The role of Cha Doo-ri, head of FC Seoul Youth Enhancement Office, who will serve as technical advisor to the Korean national soccer team, is important.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) officially announced on the 27th of last month that Jurgen Klinsmann was appointed as the new head coach of the national soccer team. The contract period is approximately 3 years and 5 months. Coach Klinsman will lead the Korean national soccer team until the upcoming 2026 World Cup finals in North and Central America.
Director Klinsman, who arrived at Incheon International Airport on the 8th, held a press conference for the inauguration of the manager at 2:00 pm on the 9th at Paju NFC.
One of the main concerns of the day was the composition of the coaching staff. In the case of former coach Paulo Bento, he was accompanied by coach Sergio Costa, coach Filipe Coelho, coach Vitor Silvestre, and coach Pedro Pereira and took charge of the national team as ‘Team Bento’. Coach Tae-wook Choi and coach Michael Kim (Young-min Kim) added their strength. On the other hand, in the case of coach Klinsman, he entered the country alone without any clearly identified staff. It was only natural that there would be interest in which staff members would work with Klinsman.
Director Klinsman revealed the members of the ‘Klinsman Division’ through a press conference. There were coaches who had accompanied Klinsmann, such as Andreas Herzog and Paolo Stringara, as well as coaches who had their careers in Germany, such as Andreas Köpke and Werner Leuthard. Coach Michael Kim, who worked with Bento, was also named in the Klinsman division.
There was one more name. It was Cha Du-ri, the current head of the FC Seoul Youth Ganghwa Office. During the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Cha Doo-ri, who had a relationship with coach Klinsman at FIFA’s Technology Research Group (TSG), was mentioned by name from the time coach Klinsman was appointed, and eventually decided to join the division. According to the Korea Football Association, Cha Du-ri took on the position of technical advisor to Klins Man-ho, and promised to accompany him until the Asian Cup period of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in January next year. 안전놀이터
Director Cha Du-ri’s main job is expected to be K-League observation. Coach Klinsman said, “I look forward to getting information about the K-League and Korea through Director Cha Du-ri. I will also watch the K-League with Coach Michael Kim and Director Cha Doo-Ri.
It’s a pretty important role. Director Cha Du-ri, along with coach Klinsman and coach Michael Kim, needs to sort out among the K-League players who can play an active part in Klinsman. Like Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul), who was consistently selected under Bento’s coaching system and called the ‘Prince of Bentu’, and Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai), who quickly emerged as a new striker for the national team ahead of the Qatar World Cup.
This time, it’s time to find the ‘Prince of Klinsmann’. It is Director Cha Du-ri who is in charge of the important task of selecting outstanding talents of the K-League and boarding the Klinsman. Coach Klinsman will watch the match between FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai on the 12th.