In his first statement. Klinsmann vows to lead South Korea to Asian title

Former Germany international Jürgen Klinsmann says he wants to win the Asian Cup in football, in his first statement after landing in South Korea today, to take over his duties as coach of the "Taeguk Warriors". The former coach of Germany, Bayern Munich and the United States replaced Portugal's Paulo Bento, who led the Koreans to the round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, where they bid farewell to the competition by losing 1-4 to Brazil.

The 58-year-old former striker told reporters at Incheon airport, where he was greeted by a large number of fans: "I think the goal should be to win the Asian Cup. Win. That's the goal." "You proved in Qatar that you can beat big teams, you beat Portugal in Qatar, and four years ago you beat Germany, so you can do well and that's our goal."

Klinsmann had a successful career as a player at clubs such as Inter, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern, but some South Korean fans questioned his record as a coach. Klinsmann took over as coach of the Mannschaft in 2004 and led them to third place at the 2006 World Cup on home soil, losing in the semi-finals to Italy, who later won their fourth title.

He then coached the Bavarian club and then the United States. His last ten-week coaching stint with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga was over three years ago. Klinsmann, who signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Korea Football Association, added: "I am very proud and it is a great honour to have this opportunity to come to Korea and work with the national team and I hope to achieve success." "That's why I'm here and I'm looking forward to it, to get started and work." His first match will be in a friendly against Colombia on March 24. The AFC Asian Cup will be held in Qatar early next year.