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Name Son Heungmin
Spelling Son Heung-min
Gender Male
Ethnic South Korean
Job South Korean Footballer

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