Son Heung-min (Tottenham) of the national soccer team gave a request.
The Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, tied the final match (third match) against Malaysia in Group E of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at Al-Wakra Al-Zanup Stadium in Qatar on the 25th (Korea time). It was expected to win easily by meeting Malaysia (23rd in Korea), which is ranked 130th in the FIFA rankings, which is lower than the other team, but the team sweated out as if it was on the verge of defeat. It is evaluated that although it succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 as the second-ranked team in the group (1 win and 2 draws), dark clouds are hanging over the front of its challenge to win the title for the first time in 64 years. The opponent team in the round of 16 is Saudi Arabia, which ranks first in Group F (7 points with 2 wins and 1 draw).
Korea got off to a fresh start with a 3-1 victory in the match against Bahrain held on June 15. However, the team bowed out to a draw in two consecutive matches through the match against Malaysia following a 2-2 draw against Jordan on June 20. According to ESPN, a U.S. sports channel, Korea overwhelmed Malaysia (18.8 percent in market share, 10 corner kicks, and 7 shootings) with 81.2 percent, 20 corner kicks, and 18 shootings in the match against Malaysia, but it did not have a chance to win.
As his lethargic performance continues, criticism against him is mounting. According to Yonhap News, after the match against Malaysia, Son said, “I wanted to talk to the reporters before the tournament. I really wanted to say that I don’t want to sway the players and protect them,” adding, “But I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to the reporters. I ask for your help now.” It was the first time for Son to appear in front of the media in this tournament.마카오토토
“Many fans are making outspoken comments online and on social media. It’s a shame to see them from the sidelines,” Son said. “All players have family, friends and colleagues. It hurts to hear that. Before they are soccer players, they are human beings.” “The players are doing their best to satisfy their fans,” he said. “I hope you can care for them a little more. I earnestly ask the reporters and the soccer fans as well.” Korea, which advanced to the round of 16 after a series of twists and turns, will meet Saudi Arabia, an “impregnable” team, on the 31st. Although it avoided Japan as the favorite, it is not an easy opponent. Son Heung-min said, “Asian soccer is developing. Everyone says Korea and Japan are the favorites, but they have to overcome difficulties before they reach the final. Both Japan and Korea have to work hard to win the title.”