The tournament’s biggest superstar will be Son Heung-min, 31, of Tottenham Hotspur.
The national team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will compete at the AFC Asian Cup 2024 in Qatar next January. South Korea hasn’t won the tournament in 63 years after winning back-to-back titles in Hong Kong in 1956 and South Korea in 1960. With superstar Son Heung-min at the peak of his powers, this is the perfect opportunity to quench their thirst for Asian Cup glory.
“We want to win the Asian Cup,” said Klinsmann, who has been embroiled in controversy since taking over seven months ago. Please believe in me for this. We need to build organization and trust among the players. I have already planned eight or nine core players, mainly overseas players like Son Heung-min. The door is always open for the rest,” he said.
Doha is the promised land for South Korea, which reached the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar last December. Son Heung-min played with a mask on his face as he had not recovered from an orbital fracture. In the final group game against Portugal, Son became a hero when he assisted Hwang Hee-chan’s winning goal after a 70-meter dribble in overtime.스포츠토토
At the World Cup, Son was the most popular player in Doha, alongside superstars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar. He was Asia’s biggest superstar, with a giant photo of him plastered across the exterior wall of the 20-story Transport Authority building in the heart of downtown Doha.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is also using Son to promote the Asian Cup, which is just three months away. “The Korean national team has Premier League stars Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan,” said AFC President Abdulaziz Al Jassim on Tuesday. These great players will be the catalyst for the success of the Asian Cup. Star players from different countries are a guarantee check for fans to buy tickets,” he said, adding that he was very excited about Son Heung-min’s global popularity.
Japan and other Asian countries have some good players, but they don’t compare to the ‘world-class’ Son Heung-min. “Tottenham captain Son Heung-min will add value to the Asian Cup,” said Al Jassim. We have great players from all over Asia who will play the highest level of soccer to win the title.”