Asia's first Premier League Golden Boot! World Football Korean star - Son Heung-min
Updated: Jun 25
As an Asian, you are no stranger to Son Heung-min, the eye-catching star of this year's World Cup Korea!
He shines again. In the English Premier League (Premier League) in the five major leagues, he directly won the Golden Boot Award with 23 goals. He is the first Asian to win this award in the five major leagues.
But how much do you know about the story behind this powerful World Football star? How did he move from an obscure Asian player to Tottenham?
World football star Son Heung-min rises in Germany on his own
Son Heung-min once said: "Football lives in my blood. I just learned to walk, and then I saw a football and kicked it."
Having said that, he has not been valued since he was a child, and his football career has not been very smooth. He has stayed in three clubs in between, and it is only after severe training that he has achieved today's achievements. Let's introduce Sun Xingmin's football career.
Hamburger club period
When Son Heung-min was a teenager, Son Heung-min did not choose the Korean classic K-League to start his football career like other stars but chose the German club, Hamburg, because his father and football coach said that the teaching in South Korea was not solid, so he chose to The son was sent abroad to study.
However, Sun Xingmin’s German football career was not smooth sailing. When he first arrived in Germany, Sun Xingmin did not understand German at all, and he was not loved by the team. He stayed in the second line for a whole year, and even became a free agent and went to the market again. , Fortunately, he was recalled by the South Korean U17 at the end, so that he was seen, returned to Hamburg, and entered the first team.
It was not until the 2010 game against Chelsea that he scored a winning goal, which made him famous in the first battle, creating the youngest scoring record of the Hamburg club and the first Korean star to achieve a hat-trick in the Europa League.
In 2013, Son Heung-min moved to Bayer Leverkusen for 10 million euros and signed a five-year contract.
During this period, he showed many faces that were different from those of Asian foreign players. Generally, Asian players would focus on the skills of their feet because of their short stature. However, because Sun Xingmin himself has a height of 1.83 meters, with his flexibility, the performance is different. The past Asian style of football also allowed Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to discover him.
Tottenham Hotspur era
In 2015, Sun Xingmin transferred to Tottenham for 30 million euros, wearing the No. 7 jersey, becoming the most expensive Asian player at the time.
In the same year, he made his debut in the Premier League against Sunderland, scored his first goal in the Europa League three days later, and wrote an excellent result. The first player in Asia to win this honor.
In the 2020 match against Southampton, he once again showed his amazing strength, not only scoring 4 goals in 26 minutes but also completing the first Asian player to complete his senior year in the Premier League. He renewed his contract with Tottenham for another four years the year before, and also won the Golden Boot Award with 23 total goals in this year's league, becoming the first Asian player to win this award in the five major leagues.
Sun Xiongzheng's Asian-style education arouses controversy Sun Xingmin: It doesn't matter
However, when it comes to Son Heung-min's football career, his father Sun Xiongzheng must be indispensable. His father was a player when he was young, but he didn't play too well, which is one of the reasons why he put all his hopes on Sun Xingmin.
Sun Xingmin was trained in the Spartan way. Sun Xiongzheng pays great attention to his world football career, not only in terms of training but even in having children. His father has helped him make plans. Sun Xiongzheng once Said: "The matter of marriage will be discussed after retirement. I am not a successful player. But some experiences can give him some help. After marriage, it will be the family, and the wife and children will be the main things, so now Son Heung-min needs to be more focused. ”
Son Heung-min's brother even said: "Sun Heung-min started playing football when he was about ten years old. He is very good and can be absorbed quickly like a sponge. Father's training is very strict, and the content is very boring, always repeating the same things, Then I gradually lost interest in football, but Son Heung-min didn't, maybe that's the case, now I'm here and Son Heung-min can go to London."
It can be seen from this that it is not difficult to see that Sun Xiongzheng's family education is very strict, which also makes many netizens lament that Asian-style education is too traditional, but Sun Xingmin himself said: "Dad is my friend, teacher, and coach. Still my father." Sun Xiongzheng also told him that he was very happy, but are you sure? That's very hard work, you understand? Telling him how difficult it would be mentally and physically, Son Heung-min also said: "I said it doesn't matter, I know I can play football and make everyone happy."
Son Heung-min of Sunshine Boy leads South Korea to the world football again
Of course, when it comes to Son Heung-min, one will think of the World Cup South Korea. The 2022 Qatar World Cup is no exception. The two teams with Syria have been stagnant, but in the 89th minute, Son Heung-min scored the winning goal to 2: 1 scored points for the group, and in the final key battle with Syria, South Korea won the World Cup qualification with 2:0. Although South Korea never made it to the top 16 of the World Cup in the first two tournaments, captain Son Heung-min said: "I want to be successful in the World Cup, nothing is impossible."
As for how this World Football Championship will develop, we will have to wait until November to reveal it, but I believe that Sun Xingmin, the sunshine boy, will bring us amazing events again!