Son Heung-min: The Captain with a Love for Fans
By Park Jae-ho | August 15, 2023 | 20:16
In the world of football, ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (31) is known for his exceptional talent and love for his fans. His positive energy extends both on and off the field, creating an inspiring atmosphere. Recently, during Tottenham’s opening match of the ‘2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) Season’ against Brentford at the Community Stadium in Brentford, England, Son Heung-min displayed his affectionate connection with the supporters in a unique way.
Usually, before kick-off, players gather in a circle to perform a pre-match ritual, known as a ‘barrier,’ where they strengthen their resolve under the captain’s guidance. However, on this particular day, the positions of the Tottenham players’ hurdles were different, grabbing everyone’s attention. Son Heung-min, along with his teammates, decided to visit the Tottenham cheering booth, located outside the central area of the Tottenham camp, after completing the hurdles. This unexpected gesture allowed them to greet their devoted fans up close and personal. The fans reciprocated with applause, showering the players with praise throughout the match.
Tottenham initially took the lead with Christian Romero’s opening goal. However, Brentford’s Brian Mbemo and Yoan Wissa retaliated with successive goals, putting Tottenham in a precarious position. Nonetheless, Tottenham managed to secure a valuable point in the enemy’s territory, thanks to Emerson Royal’s golden equalizer.
After the game, Vice-Captain James Madison drew attention by revealing that Son Heung-min had suggested the idea for the unusual hurdle positions. According to England’s ‘Football London,’ Son Heung-min sent a text message the night before the match, expressing his desire to bring the players and fans even closer together. His intention was to show their gratitude and unity with the dedicated supporters. Madison stated, “Son Heung-min’s brilliant idea gave us a positive start.” It is worth noting that Tottenham recently announced Son Heung-min as their new captain, succeeding Hugo Lloris, who is likely to depart, and Harry Kane, who has hastily joined Bayern Munich.
Expressing his gratitude, Son Heung-min humbly shared, “Being the captain of such a prestigious club is an immense honor. I consider this a proud and incredible moment, and I promise to give my all.”
Tottenham Manager, Enze Postecoglu, commented on the appointment of Son Heung-min as captain, stating, “Heung-Min Son demonstrates remarkable leadership both on and off the pitch. Having him as the new captain is ideal. His exemplary character and achievements have earned him immense respect from every player, including the national team captain of Korea.”
Furthermore, Madison, the lieutenant who revealed the ‘Son Heung-min story,’ has recently made a significant impact on the field. In the game against Brentford, he provided two crucial assists, ultimately saving the team from defeat. Madison’s attacking prowess, combined with the talent of Son Heung-min, Richarlison, and Dejan Klusepski Topsree, has proven to be a formidable force for Tottenham.
Since Christian Eriksen’s departure in 2020, Tottenham has been desperately searching for a creative and intelligent midfielder who excels at playmaking. Fortunately, Madison fills this void perfectly. He has already showcased his ability to lead Tottenham’s attacks with his precise movement and quality passes in midfield. Moreover, Madison played a significant role in Tottenham’s opening goal, skillfully delivering a free-kick that led to Romero finding the back of the net with a powerful header. Additionally, in the dying moments of the game, Madison ensured Tottenham’s equalizer by exhibiting exceptional ball control in the opponent’s penalty area and setting up Royal for the crucial goal.
As Madison assumes the role of vice-captain, fans anticipate witnessing his excellent chemistry with Captain Son Heung-min, both on and off the field. Son Heung-min, who has been a part of the Tottenham family since 2015, has established himself as a prominent figure within the team. Apart from Eric Dier and Ben Davies, who have spent more time at Tottenham, Son Heung-min has earned the trust and admiration of both players and supporters.
With Son Heung-min leading the way, Tottenham embarks on a new chapter with great determination and enthusiasm. The fans eagerly await the team’s further accomplishments under the guidance of their devoted captain.
Reporter Park Jae-ho of Star News | 2023.08.15 20:16
The ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (31) has a great love for fans. They bring positive energy on and off the field. On the 13th (Korea time), Tottenham played the opening match of the ‘2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) Season’ with Brentford at the Community Stadium in Brentford, England. Usually, before kick-off, the players gather in a circle and do a ‘barrier’ to strengthen their resolve with the captain’s encouragement, but on this day, the Tottenham players’ hurdle positions were different and attracted attention. The players, including captain Son Heung-min, went to the Tottenham cheering booth, which was not in the center of the Tottenham camp, and greeted the fans after hurdles. Fans responded with applause for the players who came close and praised them throughout the match.
On this day, Tottenham took the lead with Christian Romero’s opening goal, but Brentford’s Brian Mbemo and Yoan Wissa conceded successive goals and were overturned. However, at the end of the game, Emerson Royal scored a golden equalizer and took a valuable point in the enemy area.
After the game, Tottenham vice-captain James Madison drew attention by revealing that the idea for the hurdles, which were in a different position than usual, had been suggested by Son Heung-min. England’s ‘Football London’ said on the same day, “Son Heung-min sent a text message the night before the game saying he had a good idea for the fans. He continued, “It was to let them know that we are together. We thanked the fans and showed that we are always there for them. The fans must have been grateful too.” “Son Heung-min’s good idea gave us a positive start,” Madison said. Tottenham announced a new captain ahead of the league opener on the 13th. Former captain Hugo Lloris is likely to leave the team, and vice-captain Harry Kane confirmed a hasty move to Bayern Munich and left for Germany. Tottenham chose Son Heung-min as their new captain without hesitation. The vice captain was a ‘transfer student’ from Madison and center Christian Romero. As a result, Son Heung-min became the captain of the EPL team for the second time after Park Ji-sung of Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the 2012-2013 season.
“It’s such an honor to be the captain of this huge club. It’s an incredible and very proud moment,” said Son Heung-min. I promise to give my all.”
Regarding the appointment of Heung-Min Son as captain, Tottenham manager Enze Postecoglu said: “Heung-Min Son has great leadership on and off the pitch. Having a new captain is ideal. Everyone knows that Heung-Min Son from first class. Great respect for every player, even in the locker room. Not only because Son Heung-min is popular, he has achieved a lot here and as captain of the Korean national team.”
Credit to Madison, the lieutenant who revealed the ‘Son Heung-min story’, continues. In the last game against Brentford, he made a big success with two assists saving the team from defeat. Madison emerged as an attacking midfielder under Son Heung-min, Richarlison, and Dejan Klusepski Topsree.
Since the departure of Christian Eriksen in 2020, Tottenham have been constantly arguing that they need a midfielder to play creatively and pass in midfield. Madison has scratched exactly where Tottenham have been itching. He led Tottenham’s attack with sharp movements and quality passes in midfield. Tottenham’s opening goal was scored on Madison’s toes. In the 10th minute of the first half, Madison stabbed a free kick from a long distance, and Romero shook the net with a header. Tottenham, who were losing 1-2 right before the end of the game, scored another goal with Madison’s pass. In the 5th minute of extra time in the second half, Madison protected the ball in the opponent’s arc circle despite the opponent’s rough defense and passed it to Royal next to him.
Madison, who became vice-captain as soon as he transferred, is expected to show good chemistry with captain Son Heung-min on and off the field. Son Heung-min, who came to Tottenham in 2015, has been living in Tottenham for 9 seasons. Eric Dier and Ben Davies are the only players who have spent more time at Tottenham than Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min unites the team firmly in the trust of the players and fans.
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