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The Cry of Heung-min Son: Triumph With Korea or Leave Football

The Korean medium is forced by his Government to two years of Military service if he does not reach the round of the World Cup or wins the Asian Games

The Cry of Heung-min Son
They are crying disconsolately after the defeat against Mexico. YONHAP (EFE)

When the referee signaled the end of the match against Mexico, Heung-Min Sonthe world fell on him, expressed in a sea of tears, a drama that surpassed him. I had tried it in all ways and colors, always a protagonist of South Korean football because from midfield onwards it does everything, builder of the attacks and also occasional endpoint. Chuto with the right, with the left foot, from outside the area and from within, some missing and even a header. But nothing came to him until the last bars, when a diagonal snatch from the side was completed with a shot with a screw that made sterile Ochoa stretched. A sensational goal that did not dare to celebrate because the duel was a sigh. Unfortunately for Son, probably also for his sports career with his boots on.

At least 21 months

It turns out that Son will be called up by his country because he must fulfill his obligation of military service. A superlative task for the Tottenham midfielder who has a contract until 2020 and who must be at least 21 months of service (depending on the branch assigned to him may be up to 36 months), when there is barely enough time to start it, as it must be closed the service before turning 28 when he already has 26. And there are no exceptions worth unless there is merit in the way that praises South Korea. Something that after the defeat against Mexico seems unlikely because the Government had set the round of 16 to be saved. The requirement that only achieved with a miracle, with a win by two goals over Germany, in addition to the carom of Mexico win by one to Sweden.

Although, to his consolation, Son still had an option to get rid of the military. Government exaction that cannot be denied because otherwise, he could find his bones in jail.

The South Korean law indicates that athletes who hang a medal at the Olympic Games or conquer gold at the Asian Games may be exempt from the obligation. Even if they remain on the podium of the tournament, the government can take part in and lighten the benefit to Son, who could complete the process with four or five weeks of formal training. These Games are held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2 and is the great choice for Son, once in Russia it does not seem that they will step on the eighth.

It will be the last chance for Son, for the star of the country, for a capital player in Tottenham – Pochettino has used him in all the games of the last Premier less in one -, for the star of the ball, also for a Korean as another anyone. All a blow for the player, who surely should leave the Premier and who knows if the first level football after two years of service. At odds with the World Cup, the Asian Games ball will decide if it stays in a star or in a Korean more.


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