Son Heung-min, Tottenham’s 400th game – Seoul Newspaper VRESP

Another history from a ‘non-European’ background

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Son Heung-min.  Reuters Yonhap News
Son Heung-min.
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Son Heung-min (32), the first non-European to captain Tottenham, made another history by appearing in 400 games. This is the third time since the launch of the English Premier League (EPL) in 1992, following Hugo Lloris (LA FC) and Harry Kane (Bayern Munich).

Son Heung-min started as a starter in the away game against West Ham in the 31st round of the 2023-24 EPL held at the London Stadium in London, England on the 3rd. He was a frontline striker and played the full 90 minutes but did not score any attacking points. Tottenham also drew 1-1 and fell to 5th place, 2 points behind Aston Villa (59 points).

On this day, Son Heung-min played his 400th game for Tottenham. This is the 14th record since Tottenham was founded in 1882, and the first as a non-European player. Former captain Lloris headed to the United States after playing 447 games, and Kane also moved to the German Bundesliga after scoring 280 goals in 435 games. Kane also holds the club’s all-time scoring record. Son Heung-min scored the winning goal in the game against Luton Town in the 30th round on the 31st of last month, ranking 5th in scorers (160 goals).

Son Heung-min filled the void left by his best friend Kane with new teammates Timo Werner and Brennan Johnson. Tottenham’s triangle also showed its power against West Ham. In the 5th minute of the first half, Werner beat Vladimir Coupal on the left side and crossed with his left foot. While Son Heung-min lured the defender, Johnson cut into the center and pushed the ball into the goal. However, Tottenham conceded a header to Kurt Zouma from a corner kick in the 19th minute of the first half. They tried to turn things around by bringing in Richarlison and others in the second half, but it ended in vain.

Reporter Seo Jin-sol

2024-04-04 Page 23

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