BBC “Son Heungmin, a player who transcends soccer”…Guardian “Dangerous Striker”
Ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup round of 16 between South Korea and Brazil, major foreign media picked “Captain” Son Heung-min (30, Tottenham) as a player to pay attention to in South Korea. The BBC said, “Son Heungmin is a player who transcends soccer in his home country,” and the British Guardian said, “He is a dangerous striker.”
BBC focused on Son Heungmin, who is playing in the English Premier League (EPL), ahead of the round of 16 match between South Korea and Brazil at “974 Stadium” in Doha, Qatar, at 4 a.m. on the 6th (Korea Standard Time). Regarding Son Heungmin, BBC said, “He is like a superstar, icon, and superhero,” adding, “He carries Korea’s hope.”
BBC also introduced their remarks, saying that everywhere they turned their heads on the day of South Korea’s group stage match, there were fans wearing clothes with Son Heungmin’s name on them. Korean fans said, “Son Heung-min is more famous than Beyonce,” “I’m proud to be a Korean like Son Heung-min,” and “Son Heungmin is our favorite player.” We know he’s going to score,” he said.
The media pointed out that Son Heung-min was injured in the Champions League match between Tottenham and Marseille last month, but he joined the national team to match the superheroes. BBC said, “When Son Heung-min suffered a fracture around his left eye, Korean fans were worried that he would not be able to play in the World Cup,” adding, “But Son Heung-min recovered in time and joined the team wearing a black protective mask.”
He also introduced Son Heung-min’s national team career. BBC reported that Son Heung-min scored 35 goals in 107 matches (match between national teams) and three goals in the World Cup. “No Korean player scored more goals than Son Heung-min in the World Cup,” the media pointed out. Son Heung-min scored one goal at the 2014 Brazil tournament and two goals at the 2018 Russia tournament, setting the record for the most goals scored in the World Cup with Park Ji-sung and Ahn Jung-hwan (3 goals).
On the same day, the Guardian introduced the Asian country’s performance in the World Cup and evaluated Son Heung-min as the “best player in Asia.” In addition, the media evaluated Son Heung-min as a “dangerous player” to Brazil and said that if South Korea and Japan win the round of 16, they can meet in the quarterfinals.