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Name Son Heungmin
Spelling Son Heung-min
Gender Male
Ethnic South Korean
Job South Korean Footballer
Desc The 27-year-old is without a doubt one of the greatest footballers Asia has ever produced. The versatile attacker stunned Bundesliga at an early at Hamburger SV and then at Bayer Leverkusen which led to Tottenham Hotspur snapping him up for a huge amount in 2015. The Korean Republic international had a rather slow start to life in the Premier League but in the last couple of years, he has been truly phenomenal and has arguably even outclassed Harry Kane as the best player of Spurs. The 27-year-old has made 151 appearances till date in the Premier League and is also the highest-scoring Asian footballer in the Premier League with 51 goals also having managed 30 assists

Affiliation

Org South Korea National Team
Club as Player Tottenham Hotspur
  Bayer Leverkusen
  Hamburg SV
  FC Seoul

Relationship

Father Son Woong-jung

2018 03 03 Retrieve

[Son Heungmin speaks about expectations playing for Korea Republic] The pressure for the national team is actually more [than at Tottenham Hotspur] because they expect more of me. Hopefully, the pressure makes me better, as I am learning so many things. But many players from South Korea need to be better to make the team more successful. I am one of those players

2018 03 31 Retrieve

[Son Heungmin gives the highest praise of Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Harry Kane] Harry Kane is, of course, a very important player for England because he’s the best player in the world

2018 12 05 Retrieve

[Son Heung-min talks about smiling] In every country I’ve gone to, if you smile at people, they are going to be happy. This is my attitude

[The fact that young soccer players across Asia are dreaming of emulating his career gives him goose bumps] At Tottenham Hotspur, we can share the pressure, but on the South Korea team, some of the players have more pressure than others. How many people have pressure like this? I’m such a lucky guy

[The North did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but that does not mean Son hasn’t considered playing for a unified team some day] I dream of it. Of course people would be happy to see us playing together because we are one country

[Son’s first priority, though, is helping South Korea get through a tough World Cup group that includes defending champions Germany and well-regarded Mexico and Sweden] We are the weakest team in the group, so we need to work more than them. We need to run more than them - then we can surprise people

Four days ago, we played against Honduras and won 2-0. The press, everyone, was talking about we are doing well. Four days later we lost, and they’re being negative. But that’s football. And we just need to focus on our football

[He’s made less visible sacrifices too: his agent says that when he goes out in Seoul, he wears a cap and a surgical mask-commonly worn here when people are sick-to avoid being mobbed by fans. These are minor costs, though] I want to play football until my body says, ‘You can’t run any more, you’re dead’. Football is my happiness

2019 04 17 Retrieve

[Son thankful for VAR after wild Tottenham win over Man City] I have never seen something like this. It was tough and crazy but we are very proud of our team-mates. It was madness. Sometimes you are annoyed with VAR but today it is thank you. We fought together for 90 minutes. We showed unbelievable character and fight

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Son Heungmin on his military service in Korea Republic] I couldn’t say everything that I’ve done but I enjoyed it. The three weeks were tough. On the first days no one knew each other so it was a bit weird, but soon we got to know each other. You have to spend every day together, there were ten people in one room so we got very close. We were working together, helping each other. In the first days the other guys couldn’t even speak to me but by the end we were joking and enjoying together