Son Heung-min remembers his experiences with racism in Germany and is happy about the revenge in the World Cup turmoil

Son Heung-min (in red) of South Korea dribbles the ball during a friendly match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul June 14, 2022. (Yonhap)

Son Heung-min (in red) of South Korea dribbles the ball during a friendly match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul June 14, 2022. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, July 5 (Korea Bizwire)South Korean soccer icon Son Heung-min has revealed she faced racism as a teenager in Germany, an experience that made the national team’s upset victory over Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup all the sweeter for the star.

Son made the reveal during a meet-and-greet session with fans in Seoul on Monday, which followed a press conference. Video recording of the session was uploaded to YouTube later in the day.

The Tottenham Hotspur star was asked about his most memorable goal and game of his club and international career.

Son earned his 100th cap in a friendly against Chile on June 6 and said that game was high on his list, as was the Premier League season finale against Norwich City on May 22, when he scored twice first Asian winner became the Golden Boot as the top scorer.

However, Son said the 2-0 win over Germany in the final Group F game at the 2018 World Cup in Russia was his finest moment. Son scored the team’s second goal in stoppage time, sending the defending champions and world No. 1 unceremoniously home.

Looking back on that victory, Son, who left South Korea at the age of 16 to start his career in Europe, spoke about the discrimination.

“I went to Germany when I was young and experienced so many really difficult moments that you can’t even imagine,” said Son. “I experienced a lot of racism. And I guess deep in my heart I’ve always wanted revenge one day.”

Son admitted he was “scared” about taking on the best team in the world at the time, but his teammates stepped up to secure the monumental win.

South Korean soccer star Son Heung-min poses with the 2022 FIFA World Cup official ball Al Rihla during a corporate event in Seoul July 4, 2022. (Yonhap)

South Korean soccer star Son Heung-min poses with the 2022 FIFA World Cup official ball Al Rihla during a corporate event in Seoul July 4, 2022. (Yonhap)

This defeat brought tears to many German fans at Kazan Arena, but Son had little sympathy for them.

“Usually, when people are crying, you want to comfort and hug them,” Son said. “But when I saw German people crying…I got revenge with something I love, and that’s why (the game against Germany) is the most memorable game for.” me.”

Son spent the rest of his teenage years and early 20s in Germany, playing for Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen.

He joined Tottenham in August 2015 and hasn’t looked back since, breaking multiple European records for South Koreans and winning that historic Golden Boot.

Son and his Tottenham team-mates will play two friendlies in South Korea this month: first against a team of K-League 1 stars at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on July 13 and then against Sevilla at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on July 16 FC from Spain.

(Yonhap)


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