For Son Heung-min a World Cup miracle would offer more than glory

By: News - Sky ExpressPublished: 3 months ago

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South Korea begin their World Cup campaign against Sweden on Monday but, remarkably, it may not be the most important tournament for Son Heung-min this summer. The Tottenham forward is running out of time to earn an exemption from 21 months of military service and the best opportunity to skip that obstacle comes at the Asian Games in Indonesia in August and September. Since leaving his homeland as a teenager for the Bundesliga, Son has become a major star and perhaps the most recognisable South Korean around the world. That does not mean much to authorities in Seoul and unless he does well enough with the national team, in around two years (the exact timing will depend on the relevant governmental agency) Son is going to have to do what all able‑bodied South Korean males have to do: head h...



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