The Colombia national soccer team, which forgot the professionalism, was truly the ‘worst’. Arriving late at the stadium and failing to fulfill his duties properly, it was not enough, and he raised eyebrows by showing rough fouls and unsporting behavior on the ground.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann (58, Germany), drew 2-2 against Colombia at 8:00 p.m.
As this head-to-head match was the debut of Klinsman, who was newly appointed at the end of last month, a lot of attention was focused on it both domestically and internationally. In particular, attention was drawn as it was an A match to be played three months after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar ended. In fact, the Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium was full of fans that day.
However, problems arose even before kickoff. Klinsmann arrived as scheduled and came to the ground 45 minutes before kick-off to warm up. However, the Colombia national soccer team entered the locker room around 7:20 pm, and it was not until the 35th minute that the goalkeepers showed up. Field players appeared later than that. 스포츠토토
Eventually, four months passed. At 7:55, the referee ordered the Colombian soccer team to finish warming up and return to the locker room, but requested a kick-off delay, saying there was not enough time to warm up. Inevitably, it was not until 8:15 that the whistle blew for the start of the game.
Coach Nestor Lorenzo (57, Argentina) said at the official press conference after the game, “It took 30 to 40 minutes to travel by bus from training yesterday. But today it took 1 hour and 40 minutes due to traffic jams.” It wasn’t even a situation to use other means of transportation.”
This wasn’t the only thing the Colombia national soccer team angered Klinsmanho and the Red Devils. On the ground, he committed unsportsmanlike behavior and rough fouls several times, making viewers frown.
In fact, Colombian players did not hesitate to pull their uniforms or make deep tackles for fear of injury while defending. He even intentionally pushed Son Heung-min (30, Tottenham Hotspur) down and kicked Cho Kyu-seong (25, Jeonbuk Hyundai) from behind. If it wasn’t for a friendly match, it wouldn’t be strange to have a direct send-off.
The problem lies in the fact that this is not the first time Colombia has acted in bad manners. When I visited Korea in 2017, I caused controversy with racist gestures. He also pulled up the uniform of Jin-su Kim (30, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), who fell down, and forced him to stand up, and committed a dangerous foul by hitting Yeom Ki-hoon (39, Suwon Samsung) in the shin with a soccer shoe stud. Even in a friendly match in 2019, Radamel Falcao (37, Rayo Vallecano) was criticized for his ugly behavior of throwing a first-aid kit out.