Son Heung-min: Tottenham star avoids national service following Asian Cup gold

Kristopher Nichols
September 2, 2018

The 26-year-old Spurs forward and his South Korea teammates secured their exemptions with the 2-1 win in extra time over regional rivals Japan at Indonesia's Pakan Sari Stadium outside Jakarta Saturday night local time (Saturday morning ET). "We can win a gold medal against South Korea if we take them head-on with all our strength".

"I am really really, really grateful to them (supporters)".

South Korea opened the scoring, before netting another goal. "Of course when I see the people support me, I want to give something back and this is the best present for my life".

The dam finally broke a few minutes into extra-time as substitute Lee Seung-woo of Hellas Verona collected a pass from Son and rocketed the ball into the top corner.

Another assist from a free kick would put the Koreans up 2-0, Son finding Hwang Hee-Chan who headed home superbly.

Real Madrid midfielder Modric 'not surprised' by Ronaldo awards snub
Speaking to Portuguese outlet Record , Mendes said: "Football is played on the field and that's where Cristiano won". He is the second "Eastern European" player who has entered the FIFPro World XI, the best team in the world.

After cascade of criticism, Trump honors McCain's service
Bush and Barack Obama , the two men who defeated McCain in his campaigns for the presidency, are expected to speak at the service. Back in 2015, McCain had gotten under then-candidate Trump's skin by saying he had "fired up the crazies" at a rally in Phoenix.

Thousands of bees swarmed this Times Square hot dog stand
What's it doing in the middle of town?" People react to a swarm of bees in Times Square in New York City on Aug 28, 2018. Who knows what will happen to them now, but at least the world is safe again, thanks to our very own Bee Avenger.

Spurs faced the prospect of losing Son for at least 21 months, with all South Korean men legally required to carry out military service before they reach the age of 28.

You can't not be delighted for the former Hamburg man - but we reckon no-one will be more pleased than Spurs given there was a chance he would miss a lot of football had he not triumphed today.

The win means that a calculated gamble by his employers, Tottenham Hotspur, has paid off. Spurs released their increasingly influential forward, allowing him to miss their opening four matches of the season, so that he could lead his country to gold in Indonesia and spare himself the mandatory military service he nearly certainly would have had to return home for in the coming months.

"My players fought to the very end", said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

Discuss This Article