Reporter Kang Ye-jin] “I love you, Son Heung-min.”

It does not matter the nationality. Soccer fans from various countries including Palestine, Vietnam, and the Philippines chanted Son Heung-min’s name.

South Korea’s men’s soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, entered Doha on the 11th (Korea time) through Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar. The national team, which aims to win the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years, stepped into Doha with a bright face after a week of training in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. 헤라카지노도메인

More than 100 fans gathered at the airport. Son Heung-min was definitely the hottest player. Fans brought various goods including uniforms, flannel cards and mufflers, and there were many items related to Son.

What stood out was two boys in uniform. Both of them were holding Son’s Tottenham uniform. Joseph, a 16-year-old Palestinian who came to Doha to study, said, “Sonny is really good at soccer. I am a Tottenham fan. I love Sonny.”

Sem, who is from Vietnam, said, “Of course, I believe Korea will win the championship. It’s unconditional.”

One female fan carefully sketched Son Heung-min. In her hand was a picture of not only Son but also “striker” Cho Kyu-sung. Jamie, a male fan who came with him, visited the airport wearing a Korean national flag. “I was very impressed when I watched the Korean match at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. I brought the Korean national flag that I received at that time,” he explained. Son responded to the enthusiastic cheering by waving his hands.

Son is the captain and key player of Tottenham in the English Premier League (EPL). Wearing the “captain’s armband” for the 2023-2024 season, Son is displaying robust performance regardless of position including striker or winger. He ranked third in scoring (12 goals) after Mohamed Salah and Erling Holland (14 goals). Fans were hoping that the Asian Cup would continue its momentum.

After leaving the stadium, the team will take a rest at their lodging. Starting with recovery training in Doha on Friday, the team will start to harden its efforts to win the Asian Cup title in 64 years.

Meanwhile, South Korea will compete in Group E with Bahrain, Jordan and Malaysia.

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