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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 11 06 Retrieve

[Tottenham star Son Heung-min said he is really sorry for the incident that led to Andre Gomes’ horrific injury this past weekend] I didn’t want to celebrate because I wanted to respect the whole situation. I still feel really, really sorry about the whole situation. These have been some tough days and I realize how lucky I am, the people around me, the supporters, the club, the coaching staff, players, teammates, they have helped me a lot and have given me strong messages. Of course, Andre Gomes I wish he will get well soon, but it’s the right answer to keep working hard and perform like always with positive energy

[Son says he hopes that the victory can be used as a momentum boost for Spurs] We knew how tough it was going to be and how difficult the game would be. I think, before the game, we spoke and said we need to win to get into a good position and it’s up to us to get in this good position. I think the players did a fantastic job and gave a fantastic performance. That’s why we scored four goals in a difficult place. We’re very happy with the clean sheet as well and we’re more than happy to get the three points

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Tottenham winger Heung-min Son has revealed that he has contacted Andre Gomes to apologise for the late tackle] I just texted him to say best wishes to you, I’m really sorry for you, your family and your team-mates. He texted me back but I haven’t read it yet. I still feel really bad. Football is a sport where something [like this] can happen, [but] nobody wants to see this. I’m so sad this happened and that I was involved. It’s been a tough few days. Of course, Gomes got the injury, but people around me sent me really strong messages. My team-mates, fans, even from South Korea and Everton fans as well. I’m really grateful for all the messages. I want to pay them back on the pitch. That’s all I can do. I want to respect him [Gomes] as well, and this is how I show respect, by working harder

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Andre Gomes was on the receiving end of contact with Son Heung-min before running into a challenge by Serge Aurier, causing him to fall to the floor in agony. Son apologised to Gomes for the incident] It has been a really tough few days. I have realised how lucky I am with all the support I have had from the fans and my team-mates. I can say I’m really sorry for the accident and the situation but I had to focus for the team and I had to keep going and it was the right response to all the people who have supported me

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Heung-min Son admitted he was looking for a team-mate but was unable to find one before setting off on the 86-metre run which finished in a memorable strike] When I got the ball; I tried to pass it to Dele but I couldn’t find him so I put my boost on. I think it was the right time to put my boost on and after two or three seconds I was in front of goal, so I was a little surprised. To score a goal like this at home is very special. I was really really tired after running but I was focused on finishing. Imagine if you did so well before the goal and you missed the goal? I’d have been so upset. For me it’s difficult to say [if its the best goal of my career]. All goals are special, but I like to dribble and to score goals, so this one is special

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Liverpool use of Japanese’s Rising Sun flag cause offence in Korea] Liverpool is too much now. Recently there have been complaints as they posted images about the Club World Cup final with Japan’s rising sun flag. They finally posted an apology statement but it was only seen in Korea, which is ridiculous. The following day, they liked their Japanese account’s post which shows Klopp with the flag image. We should keep complaining to Liverpool, I’m going to complain to the Premier League, Football Association, and FIFA regarding Liverpool’s action

2020 01 23 Retrieve

[Tottenham Son Heung-min dismisses rumours of squad unrest under Mourinho] Everyone is happy, the work is good. We are a group that is always positive. Of course, we want results to be better, we need more points, but we are more than happy. Unbelievably happy. We are lucky to have such a positive group

2020 02 02 Retrieve

[Son Heung-min highlights his new team-mate’s contribution and effusive celebrations] Steven scored an amazing goal and did a good job. It was emotional because it was his first goal. I’m so happy for Steve to score on his debut. It was well deserved and with the emotion he showed it looked great

To win today, before the winter break, was very good for our confidence. sThe fans were so happy and the players as well after the game, so it was an important one to win

2020 02 04 Retrieve

[Son Heung-min has urged Tottenham to be relentless in their pursuit of Chelsea in the battle for a top-four Premier League finish] We have over 10 games now. We have a lot of games to play but at the end of the season, we will see what happens. We just try to be focused. We just try to get as many points as possible. Manchester City are so good and played so well in the first half. We had to defend all together but in the second half we came out strong. To win before the winter break was very good for our confidence. The fans were so happy and the players as well after the game so it was an important one to win

Steven scored an amazing goal and did a good job. It was emotional because it was his first goal. I’m so happy for Steve to score on his debut. It was well deserved and with the emotion he showed it looked great

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Son Heung-min donate to South Korean victims of coronavirus] I wish that this could help that the virus won’t spread further, and especially to help to the people in a vulnerable situation to get help and protection

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 04 11 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Tottenham star Son urges fans to stay away as he prepares for military service] s large gatherings have been discouraged due to the Covid-19 virus and as we are working to comply with government policy, we will not be opening this event up to the public. This decision is being made to ensure the safety of the fans and reporters and to prevent any dangerous situations from arising. Thank you for your understanding. Heung-min Son looks forward to completing his military duty and doing his best at the training facility

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Tottenham star Son Heung-min completes mandatory military service in South Korea. A Marine Corps officer said] He received the ‘Pilsung’ prize which is one of five types of awards for best performers. All the courses were judged in a fair and strict manner, and his military training officers have said he went through the training faithfully

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Heung-Min Son is now looking forward to starring for Spurs again in the Premier League after coming to the end of his mandatory military service in South Korea] It was a busy three months. It was a good experience. I couldn’t say everything that I’ve done but I really enjoyed it. Those guys were nice. The three weeks were tough but I tried to enjoy it. I don’t know how the people felt, but for me the three weeks have been long but it was a good experience, I enjoyed it. The first day when we don’t know each other was a bit weird but soon we got to know each other. We spent every day together in one room, 10 people very close, working together, we helped each other so the time was fantastic. Those guys, the first day and second day they couldn’t even speak to me but by the end they were joking with me and we were enjoying everyone together.

I’m physically fine, I’m working really, really hard to be at my maximum level and I’m nearly there. Now we can train together, we’re training more then the last two weeks and the players – Moussa (Sissoko) is back, Harry (Kane) is back, Stevie (Bergwijn) is back, everyone wants to play again and everyone is motivated

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