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Son Heung-min

Just listening to ITV.

Unless South Korea win the World Cup or Asian games he will have to do Military Service for 2 years.

The rules are every South Korean does 2 years before they are 28 unless they win a World Cup, Asian Games or Olympic Gold.

So if South Korea dont win the Asian Games in September I guess Spurs will be forced to sell him.

Seems strange to me

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  • What would you do @JohnBoyUK
  • What would you do @JohnBoyUK

    Confiscate his passport
  • Won't happen, they'll find a way round it

    South Korea won't want to lose their only real poster boy
  • I thought this was quiet a well known issue.

    I believe the South Korea team in 2002 (that got to the semi finals) were let off when they got out of the group stages
  • Do South Korea have a "military base" in the UK?
  • He did 4 weeks because he won an Olympic medal which exempts South Koreans from doing the full service term.
  • He did 4 weeks because he won an Olympic medal which exempts South Koreans from doing the full service term.
    Yes I know. Should have added that bit in my post.
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  • Just listening to ITV.

    Unless South Korea win the World Cup or Asian games he will have to do Military Service for 2 years.

    The rules are every South Korean does 2 years before they are 28 unless they win a World Cup, Asian Games or Olympic Gold.

    So if South Korea dont win the Asian Games in September I guess Spurs will be forced to sell him.

    Seems strange to me

    I'm sure there will be a number of teams queueing up to buy a player who can't play for 2 years!
    Roland's final gift to us, the £40m signing of Son...
    18 month contract!
  • We would sign him 100% if he couldn’t play for two years

    Two bob tiny and the ego Murray would tell two shit chalets he is a bargain
  • He did 4 weeks because he won an Olympic medal which exempts South Koreans from doing the full service term.
    Son had the chance to play in that team I think but withdrew from the squad - bet he's regretting that now!
  • I hope Son Heung-min gets out of his stint in the military, I've got South Korea in the works sweepstake.
  • se9addick said:

    He did 4 weeks because he won an Olympic medal which exempts South Koreans from doing the full service term.
    Son had the chance to play in that team I think but withdrew from the squad - bet he's regretting that now!
    I don't think it was that team, but a previous version of the Asian Games, but only because that's what the Observer and Irish Times told me..

    He was not allowed go by his club in Germany (Dusseldorf?), because it's not a FIFA tournament.

    I think the rule is that any South Korean sportsman who wins a reasonably significant event, or does remarkably well (as in WC 2002) would be exempted from all but (the most) basic training.

    There are ways out, under residency abroad, but South Korean society is not notoriously forgiving of what is seen as a slight for everyone else.
  • edited July 1
    He will miss the 1st month of the season

    As South Korea failed to reach the World Cup Semi Final Son has now decided to take part in the Asian Games,

    if South Korea win he is fine if they fail to win he will have to do Military Service.

    @JohnBoyUK
    How do you feel about losing him for the first few matches and then potentially 2 years if South Korea fail to win
  • He will miss the 1st month of the season

    As South Korea failed to reach the World Cup Semi Final Son has now decided to take part in the Asian Games,

    if South Korea win he is fine if they fail to win he will have to do Military Service.

    @JohnBoyUK
    How do you feel about losing him for the first few matches and then potentially 2 years if South Korea fail to win

    not overly concerned at all.

    Moura and Lamela are more than able deputies. Plus when Bale signs... ;)
  • Looking at the last Asian games, South korea won it without even conceding a goal. Australia don't play in it and Japan and Iran both played U21 squads.

    I think there's probably a few others thinking the same as Son as they had a pretty strong squad with a few senior players. Might as well take the 'easy' option and win this tournament to get out of the national service.

    If they don't win it, then Son might try to play in this as well as a last chance.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_AFC_Asian_Cup
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