Korean Football Star Avoids Military Service After Winning Gold At The Asian Games

Korean Football Star Avoids Military Service After Winning Gold At The Asian Games

Korean Football Star Avoids Military Service After Winning Gold At The Asian GamesMenu burger kingAfter only managing one goal in their opener, Japan defeated Pakistan 4-0 in the Asian Games men’s soccer tournament on Thursday and booked a spot in the last 16. But while military exemption gives all the players a better chance of a move to Europe, not all of them will take it. South Korea won gold at the 2014 Asian Games, but out of that squad, only Holstein Kiel’s Lee Jae-sung successfully made the jump to a different continent, and some of the Europe-based players in that squad have since returned to the K League.

For Korea, failure is not an option. There was severe criticism after a surprise 2-1 loss to Malaysia in the second group game when Kim heavily rotated his team, but results improved after that. Iran were defeated 2-0 in the second round and AFC Under-23 Champions Uzbekistan – seen as Korea’s biggest threat – were overcome 4-3 after extra-time in the quarters. Son couldn’t even watch the 118th minute penalty conversion from Hwang Hee-chan. Just two days later came a sixth game in 14 days, and a 3-1 win over Vietnam to earn a spot in the final against their old rivals.

And ultimately, it’s this willingness to be special — and, conversely, that unwillingness to accept the limits of what a Korean footballer should be — that has forced him to attend these 2018 Asian Games in the first place. He didn’t play for medal-winning Korean sides at the Olympics and the …

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