South Korea’s “living legend” Son Heung-min will look to become the seventh player in South Korean soccer’s all-time A-Match history.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea will face Wales on Sept. 8 and Saudi Arabia on Sept. 13 in their two September A matches.
Captain Son Heung-min is an obvious choice for Klinsmann’s squad and is certain to feature in both games.
Son is currently eighth on the all-time list with 111 A-match appearances. Seventh is Cho Young-sik (retired) with 113 games, and Son will move into seventh place if he plays two more games in the two-game series in September.
Considered the best all-time player in South Korean soccer, Son is well within reach of the all-time list.
The leader in this category is Cha Bum-geun (retired) with 136 games, and all of the players above him, including Cha, have since hung up their cleats. If Son plays 25 more games, including two back-to-back games in September, he could surpass the top spot on the all-time list.
Son made his A-match debut against Syria in December 2010 and joined the Century Club (100 A-match appearances) in June last year against Chile.
Son ranks among the top in a number of A-Match records.
He ranks third in career A-Match goals with 37. Cha Bum-geun is first with 58 goals and Hwang Sun-hong is second with 50 goals. While there is still a long way to go, there is still plenty of time for Son to climb the rankings as he has a lot of A-Match matches to look forward to, including the World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Cup finals.
Son also holds the record for most direct free kicks scored in an A-Match (5) and the first ever A-Match goal against a non-Asian opponent in three consecutive games. 토스카지노
He is also the longest-serving captain in Korean soccer history.
Appointed captain by former A team coach Paulo Bento in September 2018, Son Heung-min has been in the role for nearly five years. He will wear the captain’s armband in the September A match as well.
Son also wears the captain’s armband for his club, Tottenham Hotspur (England). It’s been 11 years since a South Korean player captained an EPL team since Park Ji-Sung of the Queens Park Cranes in the 2012-13 season.