The South Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, won a big 6-0 friendly A match against Vietnam at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 17th. Captain Son Heung-min and youngest Lee Kang-in both scored one goal and one assist each, leading Korea to a landslide victory.
The Vietnamese squad did not leave the ground after the match. I waited for Korean players to go around the ground and greet home fans. Among them, he desperately looked for Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min was the latest to head to the locker room after saying goodbye to his fans after the broadcast interview.
Vietnamese captain Nguyen Hai (30, Bin Zheng), who was absent due to injury, grabbed Son Heung-min and politely asked for a photo. After taking a picture together, he took a pen out of his pocket and asked him to sign his uniform. The photos and autographs recorded on that day were posted on social media (SNS). “Woww Sonny” was written below it. 스포츠토토
Striker Nguyen Dinh Park (19, QNK Bang Nam) watched this scene right next to him and waited for his next turn. Not only Ngok High and Dean Park, but also the Vietnamese coaching staff were busy getting Son Heung-min’s autograph. Son shook hands with them with a bright expression and broke up with them.
Some players were looking for Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in said in a meeting with reporters, “The number 17 player asked for my uniform, so I handed it over.” Vietnam’s No. 17 is Bo Min Jong (21, Bin Zheng), who scored an own goal in the fifth minute of the second half of the day.
Hwang Ui-jo (31, Norwich City) also received a uniform request. Vietnamese striker Nguyen Van Duan (27, Nam Din FC) entered the locker room with Hwang Ui-jo’s uniform. Van Duan played for Seoul E-Land in the K League 2 in the first half of this year. It was when Hwang Ui-jo played for FC Seoul in the K League 1. Although his league was different, he had something in common that he played for the K League team based in Seoul.
Hwang Hee-chan (27, Wolverhampton) only received requests for photos, not uniforms. “There was no Vietnamese player who asked me to give him a uniform,” he said, laughing and answering, “There were only players who asked me to take pictures.” As such, Vietnamese players left the stadium with memories with Korean players.
Duy An-Tu, a reporter from Vietnamese media “Bongda” who met at Suwon World Cup Stadium, said, “Vietnam captain Ngok Hai is a big fan of Son Heung-min. The day before the match, he contacted the South Korean national team and asked them to give him a chance to take a picture together later even if Son Heung-min is absent. “Eungok High likes Son Heung-min so much that he scores a goal and imitates Son Heung-min’s click ceremony,” he said.
It is easy to find a case of requesting the uniform of an opposing team player in the soccer world. Cristiano Ronaldo (28, Alnasr) and Lionel Messi (36, Inter Miami) are the most representative examples. Ronaldo and Messi received numerous requests for uniform exchanges and photos from their opponents after playing A matches for Portugal and Argentina, respectively. Sometimes referees ask them to give them their uniforms.
You can realize that the status of Korean players has increased that much. Reporter Duy Andu said, “Our players were excited because world-class players such as Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in, and Hwang Hee-chan played in the match against Vietnam. They are the most popular Asian players in Vietnam, he said.