“Little Sonny” Papesar hugged Son Heung-min as soon as he returned to the team after being eliminated from the Asian Cup 마카오토토주소.
“Welcome back, Son,” Tottenham Hotspur posted a video clip on its official social media on Sunday (Korea time). The video clip shows Sar hugging Son.
South Korea, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, lost 0-2 to Jordan in the semifinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayan, Qatar, on the 7th (Korea time).
The outcome was regrettable since Korea accepted the offer. Korea aimed to become the first Asian champion in 64 years at this year’s event. It had high possibility because many European players including Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) were also included.
However, it did not translate into performance. Coach Klinsmann, who led the Korean team, put his team in crisis due to his senseless and reckless tactics and belatedly changed tactics. After a series of failed attempts from the group stage, he eventually failed to make it to the semifinals.
Son Heung-min, who participated in the tournament wearing the captain’s armband, was more greedy to win the Asian Cup than anyone else. That was because he participated at the end of his heyday, and slowly became old enough to consider retiring from the national team.
“I really don’t know what to say. I’m sorry. The players did their best, but it ended in a mistake,” Son said after the game. “You guys gave me crazy support until late at night, and I’m so sorry that I couldn’t show you better performances than I expected.”
Immediately after being eliminated from the tournament, Son Heung-min returned to his team Tottenham. Tottenham uploaded a video on SNS after Son Heung-min’s return. The video showed Sar smiling and hugging Son as soon as he saw Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min jokingly responded with a blank expression and laughed soon after.
Sar is famous for following Son Heung-min well. “Sar is ‘Little Sonny’. When I see him, I remember when I first came to Tottenham. He always smiles with good energy,” Son once said of Sar.
Meanwhile, Tottenham will play its 24th round home game of the English Premier League against Brighton at home on the 11th. Son Heung-min has started all the games at the Asian Cup, so his physical strength is weak. His participation is uncertain.
Football London, a British media outlet, said, “Son Heung-min’s return will be a boost to Tottenham manager Enze Postecoglou. Everyone will hope that Son will do his part against Brighton and elevate his team to BIG 4.”