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Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min closer to military exemption

03 September, 2018, 08:18 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Spurs forward Son Heung-min has three chances of avoiding military service after reaching final

"As you know, he is such a good tactician - he's known as '(Alex) Ferguson of the K-League'".

Under the country's strict rules, a two-year spell of compulsory military service can only be avoided for a South Korea global footballer if they are part of a side that either wins the gold medal at the Asian Games or claims a podium finish at the Olympics.

"Actually we faced some difficulties in the group stages, quarter, and semi-finals", said Son.

Park, who was a member of Guus Hiddink's coaching staff when South Korea reached the semifinals at the 2002 World Cup, had taken Vietnam to the final of the Asian under-23 championship in January and was acutely aware of the strengths and weaknesses in the South Korean setup. "I think we are better players so we dominated the game".

Nguyen Tien Dat, deputy director of Transviet Tourism Company, said it has reserved around 150 seats for Vietnamese supporters to Indonesia to cheer Vietnamese men's football team for the semifinal match.

The Philippines has surpassed the country's total medal tally in the Incheon Asian Games as Almohaidib Abad delivered another bronze medal in Jakarta.


Son played in Tottenham's season opener against Newcastle this month before joining up with his South Korean team-mates. In a response to a question about an exemption from military service, Son said only that he was "happy to make the history" in what would be a win-win for himself and his country.

Son was a substitute in Tottenham's first game of the Premier League campaign but has missed most of the games to be part of the Asian Games.

Korea has defended its women's handball title at the Asian Games in Indonesia.

'It was a hard game, ' said Son, who was removed as a precaution after 72 minutes while on a booking.

Spurs fans will be keeping a close eye on the result of the final against Japan as if South Korea can win gold, the north London club will be able to keep hold of their star winger and avoid losing him for nearly two years. "I emphasize that it's not about me, but it's about us".

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