Jurgen Klinsmann wants to win the Asian Cup after landing in South Korea to take over the men's national side.

Iran PressAsia: Klinsmann arrived in South Korea on Wednesday to start his job as head coach of the country’s national team and immediately set a target of ending an Asian Cup drought that has stretched for more than 60 years. 

The 58-year-old Klinsmann, who won the 1990 World Cup as a player and then coached his native Germany to the semifinals in 2006 before guiding the US men’s team to the second round of the 2014 World Cup, was hired by the Korea Football Association late last month.

South Korea has not been a continental champion since 1960 and has already qualified for the 2023 tournament, which has been delayed until next January.

“The goal is to win the Asian Cup,” Klinsmann, whose contract runs until the end of the 2026 World Cup, told reporters after arriving at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday. “When the offer came, I was proud and honored to accept. I have visited Korea several times and it is a good country, with good people and a good team.”

Klinsmann left the United States in 2016 after five years with the team and his only coaching job since then was 76 days in charge of Hertha Berlin which ended in January 2020. The former Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Tottenham Hotspur striker said that he’d followed South Korea's progress as part of his duties as a member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the World Cup, a seven-member group that provides a comprehensive analysis of the games.


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