South Korea vs Japan
The two powerhouses of Asian football have reached the final.
On Saturday at the Asian Games in Indonesia, South Korea will take on Japan in the final.
South Korea beat Vietnam 3-1 on Wednesday to book their spot in the showpiece.
Korea’s progress is vitally important to Tottenham. That’s because Spurs forward Son Heung-min is trying to win gold at the Asian Games to secure an exemption from military service.
Son Heung-min’s military service
Son Heung-min has been competing at the Asian Games for a specific reason.
All South Korean men have to serve two years in the army.
Only in the most special of circumstances are South Koreans given permission to skip their compulsory military service.
For Son, he knew heading to the Asian Games that winning the gold medal would secure such a military exemption.
Tottenham star will have two more chances
Yet, according to the Times on Thursday, Son Heung-min could still avoid military service even if South Korea lose the Asian Games final to Japan.
The Times have revealed the following:
Son will earn an automatic get-out if South Korea win Saturday’s final but will not give up seeking an exemption if they are defeated by Japan.
The winger will have the backing of his club to seek success in subsequent competitions.
Tottenham have indicated that they will give Son permission to play in next year’s Asian Cup to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in January, while, if necessary, he could also seek a waiver to allow him to play in the Tokyo Olympics after turning 28 in a last-ditch attempt to avoid being called up.
It’s worth noting that Tottenham agreed a new five year deal with Son last month.