South Korea’s soccer team is one of the strongest in Asia, but it hasn’t exactly been a force at the Asian Cup.
Since winning back-to-back editions of the tournament in 1956 and 1960 in Seoul,
they haven’t finished on top. 바카라사이트
South Korea has been overtaken by Japan (four times),
Saudi Arabia, and Iran (at least three times) in its trophy drought.
Japan, the most decorated nation, has won the title three times in the 21st century alone.
This is the backdrop for the 18th Asian Cup, which kicks off in Doha, Qatar,
On Dec. 12, and will be the first time in 64 years that the tournament will be held in Hanpul.
“We want to come back with the trophy after 64 years of waiting,”
national soccer team coach Jürgen Klinsmann, 60, said in his Asian Cup entry.
Klinsmann is counting on “Captain” Son Heung-min (32, Tottenham),
who is in the prime of his football career.
He became the first Asian player to lead the English Premier League (EPL) in scoring,
his goal-scoring touch is at its peak this season with 12 goals (tied for third).
Son Heung-min is also uniquely motivated for the Asian Cup.
South Korea’s top scorer at the tournament (four goals), he has appeared in three previous editions,
starting with the 2011 edition in Qatar, but was unable to fulfill his dream of winning the title.
At the 2011 tournament, the 18-year-old Son Heung-min scored on his A-match debut,
but South Korea had to settle for third place.
At the 2015 tournament in Australia, he was left in tears after scoring a dramatic equalizer in stoppage time in the final against hosts Australia.
Son Heung-min is going into the tournament with a “third time’s a charm” mentality.
Born in 1992, this may be his last tournament.