Posted December. 04, 2017 08:42,
Updated December. 04, 2017 08:54
Son Heung-min shed burning tears at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when Korea was defeated by Belgium in the final round of FIFA World Cup 2014 group games and failed to advance to the round of 16. He buried his head in the shoulder of Coach Hong Myung-bo, his chest heaving with sobs. When Korea lost to Algeria by a score of 2-4 in the second round, even with Son scoring a goal, he dropped on his knees and sobbed.
He has grown from the youngest player of the Korea team in his early 20s to a star player. “I still remember my tears in Brazil. All teams are difficult opponents for us, but the ball is round,” Son said after The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday. “I believe we can turn the tears into a smile if we remedy our weaknesses and prepare for the next.” He played an active role as a starter in all three matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Overseas press assesses Korea as the weakest among Group F countries (Korea, Germany, Mexico and Sweden), but regards Son Heung-min as the player of interest. German newspaper Bild introduced Son as “the star of Korean soccer who was active in Bundesliga and moved to English Premier League” and reported Son’s interview where he said, “I am happy to have a match with Germany, the World Cup winner.”