Son’s military service
Tottenham have received a huge boost today as star midfielder Heung-min Son has earned a military service exemption after winning the 2018 Asian Games with South Korea.
Heung-min Son and South Korea have won the #AsianGames2018 after defeating Japan 2-1 after extra-time. (Breaking)
The Korean players earn military service exemption after winning a gold medal for their country. pic.twitter.com/84NKT9HFM9
— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) September 1, 2018
In Son’s home country, South Korea, it is compulsory for males between the ages of 18 and 35 to do two years of military service.
As a result, it did look as though Tottenham were set to lose Son for around two years.
However, one way Son was able to avoid his military service was by winning the Asian Games.
South Korea vs Japan
South Korea finished second in their group to progress to the knockout rounds.
They would then beat Iran 2-0 in the round of 16, Uzbekistan 4-3 in the quarter-finals and Vietnam 3-1 in the semi-finals.
This earned Son’s side a spot in the final vs Japan.
Japan and South Korea struggled to break each other down and after 90 minutes there had been zero goals.
But three minutes into extra time, Lee Seung-Woo would give South Korea the lead.
Hwang Hee-Chan would then double their lead in the 101st minute.
Japan would get a goal back in the 115th minute but it was too little too late.
As a result, Son and South Korea have taken home the gold medal.
This also means Son will not have to take part in two years military service, which is excellent news for Spurs.
YESSSSS! HE HAS DONE IT! CHAMPION, WINNER, @asiangames2018 GOLD MEDALIST!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_India) September 1, 2018
Son has been an integral member of Tottenham’s side for some years now.
The Korean has played a total of 141 games for Spurs, in which he has scored 47 and assisted 26.
Son also had a superb 2017/18 season, during which he made 53 appearances, scored 18 and assisted 11.